We all want to make a difference – especially in times of disasters. Most of us decide one day that we’re going to try to make a difference in the world. But almost as quickly, the question of HOW to help others lands us in the abyss of self-doubt and unworthiness. Have you ever asked yourself, “What can I possibly do that could make a difference?”
It’s easy to get caught up in the loop of second-guessing our abilities. It’s easy to fall into the trap of telling yourself that because you don’t have certain credentials attached to your name, or you don’t have a lot of extra income in the bank, that you can’t make a difference. It’s easy to see the obstacles and the limitations, and so hard to see the possibilities. But I’m telling you right now – because someone will need to read it – you can make a difference.
You have a story to tell, a hand to lend – and only you can do it in your unique way. Only you have lived with your particular challenges and only you have lived with your heart’s passion. That passion should be shared with the world!
Will you receive a ton of recognition for it? Who knows? Who cares? Doing good in the world, spreading a little love, and helping out is something we can all do. And no, you don’t have to go viral or publicize it to do it. Here are a few ideas that don’t cost a thing:
- Organize or pitch in with a canned food drive, coat drive, clothing drive, pet food drive, etc.
- Visit seniors at one of our local senior residence centers.
- Write a letter to your representatives about causes that matter to you. Better yet, give them a call!
- Donate blood.
- Volunteer to help kids learn how to read or write at the library.
- Start a book club that focuses on a social justice topic that’s important to you.
- If you’re a teacher, offer a donation only class benefiting a local charity or organization.
- Volunteer some time to help a local charity with their social media platforms.
- Offer to pitch in at your local food bank.
- Organize a street clean-up day.
- Become a tutor for local students.
- Attend town hall meetings, local meetups, and other get-togethers to become a more involved citizen.
- Encourage people to shop locally by spreading the word via social media with likes and reposts.
Even the smallest action can make someone’s day better. So even if this list seems difficult, take some time to listen to a friend when they need to talk, smile at people you pass on the street, say hi to your neighbors, and try to make someone laugh. We all need love and right now what the world needs is the love YOU have to share.