Sometimes it seems as if the world is falling apart, doesn’t it? Government shutdowns, hurricanes, wildfires, school shootings, plane crashes, suicide bombings, floods…need I mention more? The state of the world can feel pretty overwhelming, especially if you feel powerless to help or do anything to create change. But you have more power than you think. You can make a difference daily.
Quite a while ago, I heard Rita Davenport advise, “Daily help the people you can help.” I can’t recall if I watched one of her YouTube videos or saw a clip or post on Facebook, but I do remember what she said. And I try to put her words into practice.
Who Can You Help?
When you feel as if you can’t change a situation for the better, it’s easy to throw up your hands and say, “I might as well not even try.” I get that. However, in your own way, you can have a positive impact on the world—even if it’s just your little corner of the world.
You can help someone. Look around…someone needs help or is asking for help.
Maybe it’s the elderly woman walking with a cane who is struggling to open the door to a shop. You can open the door for her. That’s helpful.
Perhaps you’ve got a friend who is feeling depressed. You can bring her dinner and a funny movie to watch. That might cheer her up.
Possibly, there are some stray cats in your town. You could bring them food every week…or try to catch them and then find them homes. You would be helping the animals and your city.
Or give someone a helping hand at the gym. Offer to show someone how to meditate or do yoga. Ask your co-workers if you can support them in any way.
Sometimes I need not look further than my family to see who needs help—my 94-year-old mother, my husband who feel stressed by his job, my housekeeper who needs more homes to clean. I can visit my mother and do chores for her or shop for her online and send her the things she can’t purchase on her own. Also, I can cook dinner or fold laundry so my husband has less to worry about and do. And I can provide a referral so my housekeeper gets a new client. In these ways, I help those I can.
Even a donation to a charity or to an organization helping feed and clothes those who lost homes in a fire or hurricane makes a difference. It’s a way to help those you can.
You Make a Difference
You may think that these things have little to do with altering the condition of the world. But every act of kindness or love shifts the energy of the planet just a little bit.
Think of the impact of your helpful actions like the idea behind the Butterfly effect. The butterfly flapping its wings makes a difference in the wind patterns on the other side of the world; it can even create a tornado. Your actions—however small they may seem—create a movement of energy that travels around the globe. As it moves, it picks up more energy, until, by the time it arrives on the other side of the world, someone feels a huge amount of love that knocks them off their feet.
Don’t ever think you are too powerless or small to change the world. You make a difference every single day. And there are people all around you who need your help, so help those you can often. And know that your efforts do, indeed, change the world for the better.
How can you or do you help those you can? Tell me in a comment below.
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