Did I take my vitamins? Check.
Did I put the leftovers in the fridge? Check.
Did I make the world better today? Hmmm…let me check.
Despite all the doom and gloom presented by the media, the bitching and fighting among fans of various political parties and the flame-wars which continue to escalate on social media, there ARE ways to make the world a better place every day…and it can be much easier than you may believe.
First off, we need to remember that ‘the’ world is not exactly ‘our’ world.
When we see pictures of people in need and those dealing with catastrophic situations from halfway around the world, it can seem overwhelming to think that we cannot make much of a difference.
For most of us, the world we venture out into daily may only be a small town or city we live in. Some people barely ever leave their own zip code. That is ‘their’ world’.
And here is the the beautiful part of this: it is pretty SIMPLE to have a positive effect on ‘your’ world when you realize that.
When your scope of caring shrinks from more than 7 BILLION people (according to on-line searches) to the thousands, hundreds or even ‘dozens’ of people who cross your path each day, it gets to feeling a little less overwhelming, doesn’t it?
Does this mean we do not care for those starving in Africa, the victims of the hurricanes in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico, or all those animals who cry along to a Sarah McLachlan song on TV?
Not at all.
It just means we think smaller to start, which can help us to realize that we CAN make a difference.
And the caring and giving muscles build from there.
How can you make the world a better place today?
Hold a door for someone…and smile.
Rescue a shopping cart which may be blocking a great parking spot.
Reach out to someone you know is struggling, and let them know you care.
Make someone laugh. (Bonus points if coffee comes out their nose)
Some people may think these tiny things cannot possibly make a difference in the grand scheme of life.
Here is the reason I feel this thinking is flawed.
It could make a world of difference for the person on the receiving end of these small acts and words.
Even the tiniest pebble, when tossed into a pond, can create ripples which travel to shore in every direction.
Go ahead, take the time to share just one more kind word or action today.
Send your ripples out into the world.
I bet they travel farther than you believe possible.
Seeing YOU do something may also inspire others to do the same.
And maybe, just maybe…you will have helped make the world a better place.