By day I’m a software developer, website builder, and general computer consultant. Just the other day I read an article on a software blog I follow called Stop Giving Lousy Excuses And Start Working On A Small But Genuine Story. This article, while it talks from a perspective of software development, leaves us with a message I think we all can relate to in life.
If we look at the world around us and see the struggles and troubles that we or our neighbors and friends are going through, we may think it’s just too large for us individuals to fix or even make a difference. In fact the prevailing thought of many around the country is that “only the government can fix it.”
We sit around in our homes, happily (or not so happily) paying our taxes and say “What can I do, I’m only one person?”, “I’m just too busy to work on it.” or “I’m really not smart enough to do anything about it.”
Well I say, drop the excuses, do something small. None of those excuses work when you do something small. They don’t take a lot of time, nor a lot of money. They don’t take a lot of brain power and you can keep your day job. You just have to take a little initiative, do something to make a difference and then do it consistently.
What type of things am I talking about? Nothing real complicated.
- Pay for a stranger’s coffee in a coffee shop.
- Give a young mother a coupon for free milk if you see her in line in front of you at the grocery store.
- Tell a soldier “Thank you!”
- Hold the door for the person coming out of the store behind you.
- Send $20 to a family in need anonymously.
- Invite an elderly person over for dinner if they’re alone for the holidays.
Little things that we all can do (and things I need to improve on myself), that would make such a huge difference in people’s lives. Each taking as individual act of kindness really is nothing big, takes so little time, effort or money, but can pay such dividends to the everyone involved. And if everyone would do something small each day, think what a difference it would make on a large scale when you consider them all together.
It doesn’t take the government to spread kindness and charity. In fact, forced charity is not charity at all. We all, no matter how rich or poor we may be, can spare some small piece of ourselves to give to another. That small seed of kindness will take root and grow if nourished. I’m going to strive in this new year to make small sacrifices each day to help make someone else’s life just a tad bit brighter.
Go do something small and celebrate! I dare you!