So we’ve all seen individuals and companies that donate large sums of money to organizations or individuals in need. We’ve also seen individuals that dedicate their spare time to helping in any way that they can to help make a big difference in the lives of others. Well what do you do when you make just enough money to get by and spare time is the 10 minute drive you have to and from work everyday? What if I told you that you can make a difference just by being aware of what goes on around you everyday?
Only you know what happens around you every moment of the day so it’s not possible for me to point out every opportunity you personally have to give back but I can walk you through what I do to make a difference. First of all, you need to think about all the routine events that occur in your life everyday. Think about what types of things you do on a daily basis that you would never forget to do. Maybe it’s brushing your teeth or making coffee in the morning or kissing your child on the forehead every night before they go to sleep. Whatever those reoccurring tasks are, do you think you could ever forget to do those things? More than likely you could do those things in the dark with ear muffs on. The reason for that is because you have done it for so long that it just become habit/routine.
So what I would like to help you do is develop a habit that looks for any opportunity to help others. What you will realize over time is that there are many different things you can do that require little to no time or money and yet have a big impact. I’d like to start off with a simple example that might help you see what I’m talking about. Everyday I walk down to the grocery store two buildings down from where I work. Most days the scenery and the people are exactly the same on this quick little walk. Occasionally though I might spot a piece of litter laying on the ground in my path so I reach down, pick it up and throw it in the trash can that I know I’m going to pass when I get to the store. Now when you think about picking up a piece of litter do you think about how big of an impact you have just had? It’s hard to say you have had any impact at all by doing that simple task. But what you need to realize is that by doing that simple little thing you have more of a chance that you have positively impacted something then if you just ignored it. So now let’s say that you make a habit to pick up litter anytime you see it in your path and people start noticing, then you become the example for others and eventually another person realizes that it isn’t that hard to pick up litter when you see it in your path. So you see the snowball effect that you could possibly have.
So what other simple things can you do to make a positive impact? In this next example I will focus on social media. One of the main ways that I try to help others is through social media. If you use any type of social networking then I’m sure you have noticed a cry for help before. Maybe it’s a cry that you don’t necessarily know how to help. But it’s not always about you personally solving problems, it’s about you trying to point the problem towards a solution. Your effort may not always lead to a solution but there is no gain earned when no effort is put forth. So let’s say that one of your connections on a social network complains about being in pain but they don’t have the money or insurance to seek medical help. Do you know of anywhere that offers free medical services to those without insurance? Let’s say you don’t know of any, well do you have a computer or a phone that you could use to search for one for them? You might think to yourself, well if they are on social media then they should be able to find a resource to help. Well if someone cries for help you should assume that they obviously, for one reason or another, don’t have the resources necessary to find help or know how to access them. This should automatically trigger you to perform a quick search for them to see what options they have. This only takes a few moments and then you can share it with them. Maybe they don’t use the help you provide them or maybe they do. Either way you must remember that you are no worse off by attempting to help. It’s the effort that means everything.
So the main point I want to drive here is that opportunities present themselves all the time to each and every one of us. The opportunities hardly ever seek your personal help so you have to keep your eyes open and offer assistance when ever you can. Some things will go unnoticed so you may not get any recognition for much of what you do, but people will start to notice how you always look for opportunities to do good for others and they will see the great person that you are are.