I want to change the world. One world at a time. Maybe starting with mine or yours.
We often feel powerless when considering all of the problems in the world, so this mini-mission only requires you to think about one. Change One World. One person, one life, one problem, one world.
They key to changing one world is to solve a problem, or lend support during the problem solving time. Here are a few ways to get started.
How to change one world
- Ask the question. “How can I help?”.
- Contribute financially. If you know a financial contribution will help someone, give it. Don’t loan money, but give freely if it’s available to you.
- Praise progress. If you see that someone is struggling to move forward, help them to celebrate the small steps.
- Send a care package. Put together a few items and send them off with a simple “I love you.”
- Remove conditions. Offer to help without condition or expectation of pay back.
- Remove judgement. If a sandwich or cup of coffee will brighten someone’s day, give it to them. It’s not up to you to decide if they deserve it. Give freely.
- Share your story. Your personal experience and view of the world will inspire someone else to take action.
- Send a note. A small note or email to say thank you, I’m sorry, I love you will go a long way.
- Vote with your dollars. Spend money with people doing good business.
- Help yourself. It’s second nature to put everyone else first. Remember that in order to give your best, you have to be your best. Take care of you.
- Make connections. Maybe you can’t help but know someone who can. Make the introduction.
- Ask for help. Be vulnerable and let someone help you. You will change their world, and they might change yours.
- Shift your spending. If you drop a few dollars every day on coffee or lunch, shift those dollars for a month or more to really make a difference.
- Live Lean. Choose less. The less you need, the more you have to give.
- Give suggestions. Think about what you would do in a certain situation and offer that advice.
- Give silence. If you sense suggestions will fall on deaf ears, offer friendship, solidarity and silence.
- Be honest. Say things like “I know how you feel.” and “You are not alone” when they are true. Say “I don’t know” when you don’t know.
Take on this mini-mission and change one world. Just one. Chances are, another one will follow. Thank you for all that you do. Feel free to share more ways to change one world, your story or ways that others are helping in the comment section.
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