In the last week, we have seen such an outpour of grief for the actor, Paul Walker. Almost as equal to the death of Michael Jackson it seems. However, unlike the death of MJ, Paul Walker’s death resonates with so many (myself included) because he was reachable. By that, he connected with people on a normal level. He was one of us. Some may argue he wasn’t the best actor out there, but he was one of the most humble and more importantly human and put others before himself, in a quiet way. There never was a fan fare of “look at me, look what I’ve been doing.” I can guarantee that before the death of Paul Walker, while many may have heard of ROWW (Reach Out World Wide), they probably didn’t know it was his and Rodger Rodas charity.
As a person who is a year from her 40th, many people think “40, that’s old”, and then we see a tragic event that takes of the lives of people who were in that age range and realize, that perhaps it’s not old, rather it’s young. There is still lots to accomplish in that time that is given those lucky enough to still be here.
From the standpoint of eternity, there is hardly any difference between a “long” and a “short” life. Therefore, it’s not whether one’s life is long or short, but how one lives that is important. It is what we accomplish, the degree to which we develop our state of life, the number of people we help become happy—that is what matters. – Daisaku Ideka
The months of November and December come with giving thanks and for giving to those we care about. The tragic event of the untimely death of Walker and Rodas, has for now, made awareness of ROWW. Studios, Producers, Actors, Industry people have pledged to donate proceeds of their movies, sales, etc to this charity, but in the weeks and months ahead after the emotions have run their course, remember this charity, as well as others will be in need of tangible and intangible support. So while you are shopping for your loved ones, perhaps think of those who have little or nothing, and donate to a charity of your choice or ask someone who would normally give you present to donate as your present. Got change after shopping, consider putting in the Salvation Army red pail. A little change goes a long way.
To the families of Rodas and Walker, take solace knowing that they made numbers of people become happy through their self-less charity work and giving nature.