Are you in a rut? When you think about your life, do you ever wonder, “What’s in it for me?”
Welcome to the world of living. Have you ever thought about taking a different perspective? Perhaps, you should stop making it about YOU!
So many of us get caught up in the everyday struggles of life. Seriously, life is challenging. It is much more challenging when you keep the focus on you.
We understand you must first take care of yourself in order to take care of others. So where do we draw the line?
Don’t overthink this. This is about when your down, depressed or simply sad.
Why not try this approach? When you are in a rut take the focus off of you. Think about it differently. It seems too many of us have developed an entitlement attitude where the focus is “me” only. Life gets very lonely living that way. How could you possibly be down on yourself when you are helping someone else?
There are many ways you can make a difference to someone. Here are some suggestions (do what resonates with you)
- Call a grandparent/elderly relative and check in on them or better yet go see them
- Go to a retirement home and listen to someone who is lonely
- Be a big brother/big sister
- Volunteer at your favorite charity
- Donate money to a cause you want to help
- Invest time in children (yours or someone elses). Sit and play with your children (don’t look at your phone). Listen to them.
- Be a mentor to someone
- Smile at a Stranger
- Give a Stranger a couple of extra bucks
- Give Some Food to a Homeless Person
- Pay for a Stranger’s Meal
- Clean Your Closet and Give Clothes to a Charity
- Pay a Bill for Someone Who Lost Their Job
There are so many lonely souls in the world. You can truly make a difference to someone with a simple smile. Truly helping others can be life altering for the giver as well as the receiver. Remember, helping is not forcing yourself on anyone (always come from the heart). If the response from the person is not what you anticipated remember not everyone reacts in the manner you would like.
Help without expectation, without recognition and without attachment to the outcome. Make this completely about the other person.
A great example is the following excerpt (from the Loren Eiseley story):
THE STARFISH STORY
A man was walking on the beach one day and noticed a boy who was reaching down, picking up starfish and throwing it in the ocean. As he approached, he called out, “Hello, what are you doing?” The boy looked up and said, “I’m throwing starfish into the ocean.” “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”, asked the man. “The tide stranded them. If I don’t throw them in the water before the sun comes up, they’ll die”, came the answer. “Surely, you realize that there are miles of beach and thousands of starfish. You’ll never throw them all back, there are too many. You can’t possibly make a difference.” The boy listened politely, then picked up another starfish. As he threw it back into the sea, he said, “It made a difference for that one!”
When we are gone from this earth, it won’t make a difference of all we have accomplished or accumulated if we never made a difference to anyone in this world.
We invite you to make a difference and share your story with us!
Be The Best You at Any Age!