We may not feel like we can make a big change in the world but you just never know. The world doesn’t change but people can change. We can make a difference in one person’s day or one person’s moment. Life is made up of moments anyway.
Remember the movie Pay it Forward. The characters in that movie all received and then gave in different ways. They were helped and then they helped someone else. They looked for a need they could fill and filled it. The way the person was helped was not the way they helped. We can look for opportunities to do something kind.
Here are a few examples of small things we can do that could have big impact.
- Vow to give one sincere compliment per day. Look around for your opportunity.
- Spend 15 minutes in your closet or closets to find clothing or objects to donate to Salvation Army or another charity you know will use it to help others. There are shelters, organizations that help unemployed people find jobs, or faith based charities. Bring those items to them.
- Do you have an elderly neighbor? Offer to cut his or her grass, weed the garden, or hire a whole yard crew to spruce up the yard. Then be sure to help him or her outside to enjoy the outdoors.
- Volunteer to read to someone at a school, the library, the hospital, or a nursing home.
- Help someone you know is struggling. Slip a gift certificate for an oil change or car wash under their door or leave on the doorstep, or their desk. Maybe buy them a gift certificate for a massage, pedicure or haircut.
- Think about what it must be like to be one of your neighbors and what you would find uplifting if you were that person. Then, do that.
- Send anonymous notes or post cards to all of your neighbors, or teachers, or coworkers, or some other group telling them individually what you admire about them. Maybe, just pick one person or one person per week.
- Spend 30 minutes in areas you frequent, look for litter and pick it up.
- Is there a group of people you admire, bring them a treat. You could bake them a batch of cookies, or pick up an ice chest full of mini smoothies and deliver them.
- Do you play an instrument well? Go play something uplifting in a public place. Some people won’t notice. Some people will try to tip you but some people will be uplifted. If you get tips, donate them to a charity.
If you have a great idea for us, please share it with me so I can pass it along. Leave me a comment on my website, rockinlife.co or send an email to email@example.com. Tomorrow, the interview I’ve been waiting to share with you. Debby Montgomery Johnson the former intelligence officer who was bilked out of a million dollars in an online dating scam shares her story. Thank you so much for joining me today, please let someone know about rockin’ life and encourage them to listen too. Have a wonderful day and we’ll talk again.