A few weeks ago, I was listening to Oprah interview Sister Joan Chittister. Oprah asked (and I’m paraphrasing here) how people could start to make change happen and Sister Chittister responded, “Do something.” I like that. A simple, yet complete response, just “do something.”
So today, on Christmas, I thought I’d release a short blog about doing “something” toward creating a more peaceful and loving world.
What if we consider the path to get there is filled with one “something” at a time?
All great visionaries and avatars professed the importance of being of service…of doing “something.” Here’s a few:
- “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Ghandi
- “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.” — The Dalai Lama
- “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” — Mother Teresa
- “Love one another.” — Jesus
- “Radiate boundless love toward the entire world.” — Buddha
- “When these (selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear) crop up…we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help.” — Bill W. & AA Founders
Be the change, help others, take the first step, smile, love one another, connect with others in need…just do one thing, one “something” good for someone or something else. It doesn’t have to be huge and it doesn’t have to cost you a dime.
Notice how you radiate a happier you when you touch the lives of others.
Reaching out to be of service to others in struggle reminds us of our humanity, that things have been or could be a lot worse, and that one simple act of kindness can change the course of someone’s life, whether we see that change or not. And it simply feels good…which is selfish, but it’s a good selfish, so carry on with your awesome self!