We have all heard it before, someone tells us when we are down to cheer up because “someone has it worse than you…” or “There is always someone who has less than you..” People tell us this as a form of encouragement, to help us gain perspective on our situation and to be more grateful and often times it does help us out in those areas. Sometimes we may feel guilty and that is normal too, but usually we notice what truly matters and we begin to release the woes of trivial matters. This is great, being able to adjust your mindset in this way. But I ask you, what if instead we changed our mindset to how we can help those people less fortunate? How can we help those with less than us, or who may be experiencing difficult times? Especially knowing how hard it can be, and how upset we can get over the curves that life throws us what can we do to help each other out? I challenge you to take a moment and put yourself in the shoes of those around you, try to imagine what it would be like to have less than what you do now, to be experiencing something more difficult than what you are experiencing through? Well what can we do to help those who may be going through what you are imagining now?
If we just took a moment to take care of one another, or to just extend a friendly gesture not only will you be helping someone else but in return you are helping yourself. It truly is amazing how that works, the more you give to those around you and to the universe, the more you receive after all what goes around comes around right.
So then what are some ways that we can give back and help others out?
First of all check with your local grocery store, almost all grocery stores have donation boxes, some have to where you can donate a dollar to feed someone, 5 to feed a family etc. There are others that help with your local food bank, and best of all these are not expensive there is no minimum requirement just whatever you can afford.
On the topic of food, have you checked out your pantry lately? If you have lived in your current home for a while now chances are you have things in your pantry that you don’t even remember buying or that you even had! So I challenge you to clean out your pantry and donate some things to your local food bank. Then do the same with your closet, if you have not touched it or thought about it in a couple of months chances are you can do with out it!
Donate books to kids, most often you can find these drop off boxes at churches and even in grocery store parking lots. It’s so easy you just bring your gently used book and slip it into the slot and boom you are done and you have given to someone with out.
You can even volunteer your time at a food bank or Habitat for Humanity.
Or simply just buy someone’s drink at starbucks, sometimes the smallest of gestures are the ones that make the biggest impact. Something so simple as buying someones latte can turn everything around for them. I had something similar happen to me once, I was having a horrible day and I was really down on my luck and someone gave me a wad of these lotto scratch off’s, I got $20 from them. Though it wasn’t much, it bought me gas and I had worried about how I was going to fill my car up and so when that happened it turned everything around for me. It renewed my faith in myself, in my luck, in people and I was able to get back to a happier state mentally.
So you don’t have to donate a ton of money, or a lot of your time even just a smile or a friendly hello, even a compliment! The point is, we are all in this together and no body gets out a live, so why not do the best we can and help those around us. If we know that someone has it worse than us, then why not do what we can to try to ease their struggle? What can we do to help each other out and make this world a better place to live in?
I challenge you to pay it forward to someone this week, anyone! And make a post about it, doesn’t have to be anything big just do your best with what you have to help someone else out. You’ll be amazed at how rewarding it is to give!