Friday, March 7, 2014

We Really Do Matter

-- Quote of the Day -- 
“It is not enough to limit your love to your own nation, to your own group. You must respond with love even to those outside of it – This concept enables people to live together not as nations but as the human race.” 

~ Clarence Jordan

 -- Making a Difference --

Today I'd like to broach the concept of the individual's ability to make a difference... 

It really is surprisingly easy to have an impact every day, often several times a day. 

For instance, we can clean up litter when walking the dogs, visiting the parks, or taking our evening stroll. We can take some time to speak kindly, using positive energy, positive words with the elderly as we pass them by - simple things like just complementing their coat can really brighten their day. We can help shovel the driveways for those who are injured or elderly or busy in the neighborhood - not for pay, but just because. 

We can cut flowers and share those with people in the office, senior centers, neighbors, etc. Or share fresh cut herbs from the balcony containers, or harvests from the yard - with those who are unable to garden. We can donate our unwanted, unused items from around our home and storage areas or office too. We can share baked goods that we have made ourselves, or freeze some pre-made soups and meals for someone who cannot easily cook for themselves.

We can recycle at home and at the office... but also at social gatherings - which has a big impact on the people witnessing our actions. We can volunteer, we can donate our change or our returnable bottles to local charities and worthy causes in our city. ...We can make cards for the senior center, email people we care about, write letters to people we haven't spoken to in some time...

When you really think about it, we can do a great number of things that have a positive impact every single day. And we don't have to feel like we have to do all of these things at once, all of the time. 

I would like to challenge our readers to chose just one project or activity per week, and slowly increase that to one thing a day - and witness the profound change in your own life, and those around you. It really does matter - we really do matter - and our actions can make the world a better place. 

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