December 7th, 2009 20:09 EST
Would It Help You to Have a Big Buddy?
This weekend our family saw the new movie "The Blind Side", starring Sandra Bullock. What an extraordinary and uplifting movie! Her performance was great, and there were a couple of other breakout roles that you will recognize when you see the movie. But, this column isn`t about the movie. The column is about the social commentary that the movie presents.
It`s clear and obvious when you walk out of the film that there is a social responsibility that each of us has, that most of us have been ducking for years. What made the film so striking was that Sandra Bullock and her on-screen family took in a stranger who was struggling to make it in our society. They effectively became his "big buddy." In the movie, it was more dramatic, but for our purposes, a buddy describes the situation very well.
I wonder if all of us shouldn`t think about becoming a big buddy to someone who really needs our help. I am not talking about a kid who doesn`t have a father -- which is a rough situation that some organizations already address. I am suggesting that each of us needs to adopt a person or a family of lesser means (or someone who has been less successful in society than they could be) and to help them to optimize their opportunities.
We have serious gang problems and other issues that are not going to go away by themselves, and we can`t expect that the government is going to make them go away either. All of us have to work together to make these problems go away, and maybe a buddy system is the answer.
I don`t know how to put together a buddy system, but I am on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club, and I do know that there are people in that organization who certainly could make it happen. So, I am going to pass this concept on to that organization in the form of a challenge -- perhaps they will embrace the concept of establishing a buddy system in our local community. Maybe that small initiative will flourish and become something bigger for other communities across the country.
Although there are some who will think this is ridiculous and that everybody makes their own bed, it`s my opinion that some people just don`t have the tools or haven`t been taught the attitudes necessary to get out of the hole that they live in.
If you have interest in this, please let us know by commenting on this post and in the meantime, perhaps my colleagues at the Boys & Girls Club who are committed to helping children and families all over the country will have some other ideas.
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