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Monday, March 4, 2013

what if we all stopped waiting for someone else to do it.

It's too easy to live in our comfortable lives and not appreciate everything we have. To even feel sorry for ourselves for the very first world problems that we have. Our car broke down, work isn't going the way we want it to, our kids are being brats, our husband isn't paying enough attention to us...whatever we aren't happy with at the moment. 

But we have to remind ourselves that by much of the world's standards, we are so very fortunate and our problems so very small. Many of the basic things that we take for granted, others don't have. Clean water to drink, food to fill our stomachs, and shelter to keep us warm. 

We're all aware that these problems exist around the world. But we try to put it out of our minds most of the time. Or at least, I do. To let myself "off the hook" by telling myself "I'm just one person...there's nothing that I could really do" or "someone else will do it..someone more capable or with more resources". 

Not anymore.
I'm not going to wait for someone else to do it. To be the change that I want to see in the world. It's gotta be me and it's gotta be now. And if enough people drew the line in the sand and said the same thing...wow, what we could accomplish!

And yes, I am only one person and my resources are limited. But that is no excuse to do nothing. 
Instead of doing IVF this cycle, I'm going to Mexico for a week with a group of high school students and other adult leaders in my church to build homes for poor families in need. This is how I'm kicking off my decision to start being the change

You can start today as well.
If you really want to. Start small. Sign up for Big Brothers, Big Sisters in your area. Make Easter baskets with your kids and work through an organization to deliver them to families in need. Sew clothes and send them to children abroad who are in need. Whatever speaks to you. There are so many small ways to help those in need and make the world a better place.

What will you do to be the change you want to see in the world?


11 comments:

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

One of my favorite quotes! There is so much that can be changed in this world, and it is exciting to be a part of it!! So excited for you and your upcoming trip :)

Dream Chase said...

My husband and I have always been big on doing for others. Even though IF sucks, I feel lucky that it gets to be the biggest problem in my life, if that makes sense. We TNR all the nighborhood cats and feed all the strays, we donate food, clothes, etc consistently. Everytime we go to the grocery store we buy at least two "hunger bags" that go to those without the means to get groceries. We assist with any fundraisers and donate regularly to a few organizations. We also also donate to homeless pets when buying cat food for our cats and the strays around the neighborhood. I sell Scentsy and I try to do as many fundraisers as I can to help others raise money for things they need. I donate to causes where I can. DH and I are also big into blood donation to make that contribution too. There's always more we could do, but we really do try to help where we can and I hope you have a blast in Mexico and I know you'll be helping so many people. It feels so good sometimes to forget about yourself and focus on others.

Just T said...

I like to sit back and remind myself how lucky I truly am. It is a real eye opener.

Inggih Laras Ati said...

Great post dear., and you are somuch kind. I pray for running well in your activity thre.,
I also think about it, and not a little of my friends just tought thats only like a dream..,
But I am so optimized here, I want starting for teaching charity for less education children. Still in planning process now., but I hope it can be done soon dear :)

Xoxo,ILa

SH said...

WHenever my hubby or I complains about something that is silly, we always say "first world problems" as a way to remind each other that it's not the end of the world :)

Happy Monday!

Sheree
The Hartungs Blog
thehartungs.blogspot.ca

Nathalie Willmott said...

AWESOME! What an inspiration :D God Bless xx

Amber said...

Even though we know there are places in this world suffering so much, it's hard to imagine ourselves in those 3rd world countries because we don't SEE it. It's easy to pretend it doesn't exist. You are right. Every person CAN make a difference.

I like to think I am doing something positive for the young girls that I coach in softball, mentoring them to be positive individuals in our community, teaching them what it means to work hard and be dedicated to something, be a team player, set goals, and how to win AND lose with good sportsmanship.

Whitney B. said...

I absolutely adore your blog. You are so uplifting, thank you! I completely agree, I'll do some research to see what I can do to make this world a better place!

SkyMommy said...

It's so inspiring that you're not just letting your negative circumstances rule your life but instead using them to turn around and do something good. It's very inspiring.

Emily said...

What a fantastic way to give back. I couldn't agree with you more how important is it! I cannot live without volunteering in my life. Growing up in church I volunteered starting at age 8 and have continued my whole life...at homeless shelters, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, and now I volunteer weekly at The LIVESTRONG Foundation (been there 4 years). Once it becomes part of your life, giving back is just something you can't live without! Have fun in Mexico! Not a bad place to go if you're going to swinging a hammer!

Em said...

Such an important quote and an important post too. I recently read Half the Sky and it changed my life. My husband and I have always given of our resources to causes that help people, but now I feel really passionate about directing our giving towards causes that help women who are being enslaved and abused around the world.

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