This week all messages are pointing toward living a life of contribution, sharing our gifts with the world, and participating in the solution. I’m reminded that it is through contribution that we find significance and spread love.
What I love about service and giving is that small steps done with consistency and passion amount to significance.
But sometimes we get that backward, right? We think
- When my bank account is significant enough, I’ll start giving.
- When I have more time, I’ll volunteer.
- When I feel better about myself, I’ll speak at an event.
- When I quit my job I can devote more time to my hobby or passion.
I encourage you today, wherever you are, start small, and take action and together, we can have a significant impact.
Where should I give?
You may be wondering where you can give your time, money and talents. There is no shortage of requests via phone, social media, office fundraising, etc. Remember, small actions done with consistency and passion amount to significance. Imagine if 1,000 people donated $5 today. That’s $5,000 of giving. What if we did that consistently every month or week? What if every quarter we increased the amount and the number of people? Imagine, the impact we could have in the world.
If you don’t know where to give, start by asking yourself what makes you angry? What makes you cry? What excites you? For me, child abuse, domestic violence, and poverty are all receivers of my giving. For you, it may be cancer research, animal rights, hunger, police or fire departments, or your local church.
It’s easy to feel cynical, overwhelmed or depressed about situations in our world. However, that’s no excuse not to get involved.
“…people who participate in the solution to problems, don’t seem to find themselves as depressed about those problems as do people standing on the sidelines doing nothing. Hope is born of participation in hopeful solutions.”
~ Marianne Williamson
Money, Time or Talent?
We all have a purpose. We all have passion. We all have talents. Have you discovered yours? Some of you may know them instinctively. Some of us take a little longer to figure out. But when you know you are and what you have to offer, it’s easy to find and say yes to things that are in alignment.
When was the last time you had a yard sale? Instead of selling for profit, what if you were to donate your goods to a local shelter, hospital, or charity?
Are you a writer? Painter? Trainer? Teacher? Make-up Artist? Where can you donate your services?
Are you great at organization? Customer service? Event planning? There are charities all over your city that would love a few hours of your time and/or talent.
Share yourself with the world. Not only will your favorite charity and its member’s benefit, but you will feel greater significance for being part of the solution.
Start Small. Start Today.
Remember: Small Steps + Consistency + Passion = Significance