There are a lot of things happening in our world that feels overwhelming. That sometimes makes things feel hopeless. I mean how can we, one person at a time, really solve world crisis? Can I provide a solution for poverty, addiction, hate, racism, and disease? Can you?
Perhaps we are looking at the overall state of affairs and feeling helpless, because we as individuals believe we cannot make great strides in positive change. Is this why so many choose not to do anything? We feel discouraged to give, serve, or even care about what is happening around us, because we do not have the power, the influence, or the money to create change.
Yet, historically speaking, the biggest changes, the long term positive effects, the stability of the human race is in fact built on small gestures, villages acting, and individuals bravely stepping up.
If you are not part of a village or community creating change, do not despair! Your efforts still matter! YOU matter. YOU count. How you do so is up to you!
I say again and again, “Have you no funds to share? Have you no food to share? Have you no shelter to share? You still have LOVE to give. You still have a smile, a hug, and any other gesture of kindness to share.”
YOU, yes, you can give more than you know. Open your heart to the possibilities. Seek out opportunities. Be willing. Be open.
Consider the many people you can offer a smile, a word of encouragement, a small and kind gesture. Do not stay in the mindset of thinking you have no power to help. Do not buy into the notion you are not enough to lift up those around you.
And please, please do not limit your ability to give, serve, and love to the holiday season. Let us all make a vow to live a daily life of helping our fellow human beings! And, if you say or think, “Why should I,” then I say to you, “Why shouldn’t you?’
“Have the courage to be the source of love and have the strength to love without barriers.” – Angela Davis Schaefers
Angela Davis Schaefers is a speaker, coach and writer. She founded, produced and hosted Your Story Matters show. She speaks as keynote for organizations and at events and speaks to groups to inspire them. She is a TEDx speaker- Your Story Matters Creating Connection & Collaboration Through Sharing Your Story. Angela is author of Your Story Matters You Matter A guide to healing, learning from and sharing your story. She has also co-authored several books, writes for online publications and blogs. She has previously counseled families, couples, children and individuals, and has provided career and personal development coaching. She has worked with and consulted with various non-profit organizations, government entities and the corporate sector. Contact – Website – Facebook – LinkedIn – TEDx Speech – Twitter – Book
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