I hear people around me say “I’m just one person, what difference can I make?” I’m here to tell you that you would be astounded at the huge difference you can make in the world with one tiny little action. The key word here is “action.”
One simple action can cause a chain of events. It’s astounding. You may never see the domino effect… but it’s there. Moving, flowing, growing. Even if you don’t see it.
I started thinking about this on my drive to work this morning. I live out in the country. The rural roads are all slushy and icy. I see guys driving around with plows on the front of their trucks and I wonder… you are already out here. Why not just plow your way in to work where necessary? You make the road safer for those who come behind you, which could very well be a member of your family. Imagine that. Doing something for others for no other reason than because you can. And since it’s winter… this really applies to anywhere that it snows. If you have your own plow attached to your own truck, what really is the harm of plowing your own street… and maybe a couple blocks around you. Just crank up some tunes and go for a little drive, with the plow down. *shrug* Really, how painful is this? Not very.
Got a shovel? I’ll bet the elderly person that lives next door to you would really be grateful if you shoveled their driveway and sidewalk. Just saying. If you are shoveling your own, you could just plan some extra time to help out your neighbor. Believe me, it isn’t something that will be forgotten.
So instead of posting a bunch of memes and possibly false information on your facebook or twitter page… go move your body. Use the key word “Action.” Get out there and physically perform an act of kindness. Not for the notoriety. Not for recognition or compensation. But simply for the sake of doing it. I promise it will feel good.
So… I’m gonna leave on this note, a quote from the most loving woman on earth….
“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.” ~Mother Teresa