Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Be the Change

Doing something nice for someone who needs it is one of the easiest ways to change the world. People can get so wrapped up in their own lives that they don't notice the little things that they can do to help the people around them. You don’t need to visit a third world country and adopt a village to make a difference. All you need to do is listen to those around you and pay attention to what’s right in front of your face.

Sometimes the nicest thing you can do for somebody is simply to listen to what they have to say. So often, people are not given the opportunity to talk about their problems and sort out their issues out loud. Just by lending an ear, you can make a world of difference for somebody who hasn’t been heard.

You also may take note of the little things you can do to help someone who is going through a tough time. Whether it’s giving them a ride somewhere when they have been without a car, picking up a babysitting shift for a couple who needs a night out together, helping someone do some chores around the house when they physically cannot or cooking a meal for a family- these little things can make a big difference in the lives of people who need it.

Helping others is a way to say thanks for everything you have been so lucky to have in your life. Helping others spreads the message that we can be more than self-centered, individualistic people- we can be part of a community of human beings.

Perhaps Mahatma Ghandi said it best, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ... We need not wait to see what others do.”

By Kristen Keyes

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