Myrtle Beach Real Estate by Mirela

Make A Difference!


My favorite "Chicken Soup For The Soul" story was the one about the thousands of starfish relegated by a storm to the shores of a desolate beach, and a man who was methodically picking up the starfish and throwing them back in, one by one.  A passerby stopped and asked him why he was doing that:  "Look around you man, there are thousands of starfish on this beach.   You're not going to be able to save all of them.  You won't even make a difference."  The man looked at the passerby, threw another starfish into the water and said: "Made a difference to that one!"

One person CAN make a difference!  We each have certain issues we are concerned about.  Some have embraced preserving the environment, others have a soft spot for human rights.  As a mother, my concern has always been for kids in general. 

The subject of child safety against predators is not accorded the kind of attention it deserves.  In July of 2006, the Adam Walsh Child Protection Safety Act was signed by President Bush.  Unfortunately, the bill signing was merely symbolic, because of a lack of funding.   A year and a half later, the House Judiciary committee held hearings outlining law enforcement efforts to battle child pornography on the Internet. The law enforcement simply lacks the resources to go after these predators.  With the new administration, perhaps more measures will be taken in this regard.  As parents, we should stay on top of this. 

In the United States, between 1.6 and 2.8 million children run away every year, and half of all runaways are girls.  Within 48 hours of hitting the streets, one-third of these children are lured or recruited into the underground world of prostitution or pornography.  In 2000 Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.   There is a fatal flaw within the act: because they are US citizens, domestic victims of human trafficking can not be certified, therefore they are not eligible for the services outlined and authorized under this act. 

As a group, Realtors can have a huge voice.  We come from many other professions.  Real Estate is usually a second, or third career.  We are attracted to this profession, because we care about people.  I suggest that we get involved and stay involved.  Maybe this issue is not yours.  Find your issue, and make a difference!

Kids and everything related to them is my issue.  When I hear the word "Mom", I still turn, even when the child uttering it is not mine.  I was at a party once and a young kid fell in the pool.  I was in that pool retrieving the child so fast, that even I was startled at what had transpired.  Automatic pilot kicked in and there I went.  I am not unique in any way.   Most parents feel the same way.  That's why I bet I'm going to find a captive audience here!


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Comment balloon 9 commentsMirela Monte • November 22 2008 05:20PM


I have a great deal of hope in my heart that we will become more vigilant about preserving our most important asset:  our kids!

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 9 years ago

Thank you for the post -- As a father of 4 (3 girls 1 boy) -- this post resonates all to well with me -- JE

Posted by Jason Ellis (Coastal REO Solutions - Myrtle Beach Short Sales & REO's) over 9 years ago

Jason, thank you for your comment!  Being vigilant and taking care of our children also involves ensuring that our laws protect them.  Most people react and get involved only after a tragedy.  Why not be pro-active?

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 9 years ago

Mirela-Your post is very important and true as realtors we need to reach out to these kids.  Personally, I have been helping kids for many years.  Thanks for reminding everyone

Posted by Dona Reynolds, St. Joseph MO (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers) over 9 years ago

Donna:  Thank  you!  It's not a message that makes us too comfortable, but the reminder might move some to action. 

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 9 years ago

As a commentator, your deserve a bigger voice on this issue than you have received so far. I believe in the starfish story.  Each of us makes a difference in our lives and we must believe that these days.  Thanks for your contribution.  We all must think about what we can do to make this a better world.  And, you have done that for me today. 

Posted by Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. (Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.) over 9 years ago

Don, you always touch my heart with your comments! 

Thank you! 

It is so good to know that someone "hears" me...

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 9 years ago

Don:  This is a difficult subject to delve into.  Children are so fragile and so dear to all.  It's easier to just pretend that bad things never happen to them. 

When the unthinkable does happen, those affected are too overwhelmed by grief to do much about it.  This subject is taboo for many.  It does not elicit happy thoughts and it's depressing.  For that reason, I did not expect many comments.  Still...  If it touches one person enough to engender action, then it was well worth the effort...


Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 9 years ago

"Find your issue and make a difference" is a perfect way to put it.  It's heartbreaking to see the statistics but thank you for sharing the encouragement that you can make a difference one person at a time.

Posted by Kelly Kilpatrick, Broker-Associate over 9 years ago