Martin Luther King Jr. has been quoted in saying ““Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
We have a ME FIRST culture, where we want to be served before someone else, and we don’t care about anyone around us except our family and our close friends. Think about the last time you stood in a line, you most likely didn’t let someone go ahead of you. Think about the last time you donated to a charity, did you do that because you want to, or because you felt forced to?
Why do we do this? Because each of us have so many things going that we don’t tend to think about someone we don’t know. And because all of us are conditioned to be distracted on our phones or by another means that we don’t get time to think and be quiet.
How can you start doing something for others? One example is when you see someone in a grocery store trying to reach something, instead of walking right pass them, ask them how you can help. They may not want your help, and that’s perfectly ok, at least you offered help. If they ask you to do something, and you can do it, do it without expecting something in return. And don’t do it just to tell others you did it.
I mentioned a bit about charities early, and everyone has their own feelings and thoughts about certain charities, and that’s ok. Go help a local charity in some way, it doesn’t have to be just with your money, it can also be with your time, or you can also help do a fundraiser for that charity. Ask them how you can help them, and see if you can find a way to help.
In a pandemic, charities may not want you inside their facility, and there usually isn’t many people out and about. How do you do something for someone else then? Sometimes you may find opportunities, for example in early 2021 in the capital of Canada there were protesters, a few of them harassed staff at a homeless shelter to give them food. This made national news across Canada and a few weeks after it happened the charity said on social media they had gotten around $75,000 in donations from people around the world.
People saw the opportunity to help a charity that was struggling a bit and without being prompted by the charity or anyone else, they decided to give a bit of their money. That is doing something for others.
A number of years ago I heard about something called pay it forward.
There is a book that was turned into a movie with the same title. It’s all about doing a favor or helping someone and instead of paying you back, tell them to pay it forward to three other people. Why? Because people expect to be paid for the help they give and by telling them to pay it forward, it shows that you care about helping someone.
How can you pay it forward? For starters, small businesses have been struggling during the pandemic and while you may not be able to afford spending money there, telling others about that business can help them. It could be done through social media, or any other way.
Many of us are on a computer right now and we can get it to help with scientific projects like cancer research without spending the time or money ourselves. You may asking yourself how? The researchers decides what needs to be researched, then each computer takes a very small portion of that research, finds the result and sends it back to the researches. There are many of these projects out there, some of which are geared towards specific things. The most well known ones are folding@home, rosetta@home, and world community grid.
What are you doing for others? It could be helping someone in a grocery store, giving to a charity, paying it forward, promoting a small and local business, or helping out with scientific projects. These may not take a ton of your time or money but they are just a handful of things you can to help someone.
This is post number 85 as part of 100 Days To Offload.
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