From The Heart
December 17th, 2014 at 2:20 pm by Terri Aubain
As I’m sure you’re well aware, we live on a crowded planet with sharp contrasts between those with abundance and those with barely enough to survive. As the news tells us, human suffering is rarely more than a click or a video away.
When we consider the modern surplus of despair, we risk paralysis. So many of us turn our backs as a defensive measure against all that we can’t alleviate for others. But nowhere is it written that the greatest good is solving problems for millions. Sometimes, the best you can do is help those in your vicinity. Helping just one person in need is infinitely better than helping no one at all.
Though you may not have the money to apply to your neighbor’s problems, you can probably offer something more valuable: Your service. Offering helping hands in a shelter, sharing your time with seniors in nursing homes, cooking for a family in need, cleaning up litter in your community… all are ways to serve that provide an immediate benefit.
The real secret to “service-as-a-gift” is that it gives two ways. Money may help one person, but service helps two: Volunteering has a way of making your problems seem smaller. It lightens your neighbor’s load as well as your own. Many who have found themselves depressed about the state of affairs report a feeling of well-being after volunteering their time and energy.
While Black Friday and holiday deals dominate our screens, take a moment and ask yourself: Who can I mentor? What skills do I have that can be donated to a service organization? Where can I uniquely ease someone else’s burden?
There is great peace in discovering all the gifts you have to give.
Wishing you all the best this holiday season.