Lately it’s become overwhelming to read about the pain, to hear about the suffering and brutality that can be life on this planet.
Many people around me feel helpless that they can’t fix the world.
They can’t save the children being bombed.
They can’t prevent planes being shot out of the sky, flown into buildings and vanishing altogether.
They can’t package up and post the love, approval and hope that might persuade someone to live another day. To not opt out. To stay and fight just that little bit longer.
As one of my fictional heroes, Buffy, said ‘The hardest thing is to live in this world’.
You can’t fix the world, but that’s ok.
You don’t have to make grand gestures. You don’t even need to change what you’re already doing.
There are countless little gestures you’ve probably already made this week to make the world a better place. Because it’s the small things that matter, that make a difference, that add up in the end. They make people smile and want to keep on going.
Whatever you focus on grows. Focus on the good things in life and try to change whatever small things you can. You can’t control the world but you can try to control the way you see it.
Here are the small ways you’ve already made the world a better place:
- Recycled your empty cereal box instead of putting it in landfill.
- Paid your taxes – it’s compulsory but you’re helping to fund our schools and hospitals and to support those who are down on their luck.
- Laughed with a friend.
- Cooked dinner for your family.
- Read to your children.
- Smiled at the bewildered lady in the checkout queue.
- Bought groceries: you just helped a sales assistant, marketer, truck driver and farmer earn a living, all by buying fresh fruit and vegies.
- Asked your stressed out friend if she’s ok, does she need a hand?
- Didn’t yell at the customer service man who was only doing his job (though you really, really wanted to).
- Brought a colleague a cup of coffee when you got own.
- Bought some chocolates for a good cause.
- Took your kids to school or kinder so they could get an education.
- Told your kids ‘no’ when they made unreasonable or rude demands.
- Told your kids ‘yes’ when they asked for a hug or a couple of minutes of your time.
- Called your Mum/Dad/Aunty/Grandad to say hi. Just because.
And last but not least, something you may not have done but should: give yourself a break. Take care of yourself so that you have enough energy left to enjoy the wonderful and joyful things in life.
‘The first snow of winter,’ he remarked. ‘Beautiful.’
‘Yes, for those of us who have warm, comfortable houses.’
‘That is true. But if one were to always think like that, how could one ever enjoy doing anything…?’
~ A Dissection of Murder, by Felicity Young
What small thing have you done today to make the world a better place?
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