YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!
Today is the day to start a movement. The power of ONE is so much more effective than some might believe. Well, those naysayers are wrong and it’s time to prove it!
Recently I wrote a post about starting a movement and gave three “movement starting” ideas: be kinder, be more generous, and be more present. Over the past few weeks we’ve dove deeper into these topics and now I’d like to wrap it all up here with a way that you can truly make an “ocean wave” of a difference in the world. Let’s look at this excerpt from my original post (you can read the entire original post here).
Start a movement:
What are you passionate about? Do you even know? Take the time to figure that out. Then take the time to actually spend time doing what you’re passionate about. You have wonderful talents and gifts that you’ve been endowed with. Treat others to the pleasure of getting to enjoy your talents. Share them on a blog; sing in church or karaoke; knit, sew or create beautiful crafts for others to use and enjoy; coach or educate others in lifestyle changes (exercise, weight loss, minimalism, for example); motivate others with your exuberant energy.
Start a movement today – just by being you and embracing all that mankind has to offer.
Wrapping it up:
There are many ways that you can change the world, one tiny action at a time. I mentioned some ways above that the world can benefit from your natural talents. Explore those options, the world will be so much better for it.
Time and money:
Another way to impact the world is through giving of your time or money.
Have you heard of Kiva? They help hundreds of people to both provide and have access to microloans. What is a microloan? Per the Kiva.org website “Microfinance is a general term to describe financial services to low-income individuals or to those who do not have access to typical banking services. Microfinance is also the idea that low-income individuals are capable of lifting themselves out of poverty if given access to financial services.” Microloans can be as low as $25 and the repay return is 98.97%! That’s higher than traditional banking institutions can currently expect.
How about Charity:Water? Have you heard of this one? Check it out! According to CharityWater.org, 800 million people on the planet drink water that’s likely to make them sick. That’s 1 in 9 of us! At CharityWater.org you can pledge your next birthday through them. Yep, that’s right. You can go online and make a pledge that you’d rather have your friends, family and colleagues donate to CharityWater.org instead of buying you yet another gift that you don’t need. How cool is that?
And it should go without saying that you could easily (it’s really quite easier than we sometimes allow ourselves to believe) donate your time to local charities, boys and girls clubs, churches, food outreach centers, Goodwill, or even just to your neighbors who could use a little help getting something done. America used to be a community of helping. We still are, but in the larger cities it seems to be less and less common – simply because we’ve allowed ourselves to become too busy.
Take your time back, take your life back!
Go ahead, do it!
What do you think? Do you believe in the power of one?
What could you do today to improve the world, at least your own part of it, or someone else’s?
*The Take Your Life Back program is a low-cost self-study program designed to help you squash the glorification of busy in your own life, so you can have time to fill your days with more worthwhile activities!