When you think about what it is that brings all of us together in this World, I would have to say that love and compassion are the two key powerful connectors. Whether you agree with me or not, I truly believe that everyone has good in them, and that nobody was born hating. It is the environment and surroundings that conform those changes over time through our own learnings and ignorance. We live in a society full of irony and hypocrisy, don’t we? We wallow in our sorrows, bitch about how life is unfair, and yet most of us have a roof over our heads, a bed to sleep in, and have family and friends. Oh the pain! (mark my sarcastic tone).
I am no philanthropist, in fact, I am far from it. But I don’t see anything wrong with trying to give out a helping hand. People need to stop hash tagging #firstworldproblems because it’s beyond annoying and an utter disgrace to yourself, and I have a lack of respect for ‘supposed’ smartass humour like that. These are just some examples of trends that don’t need to catch-on or go viral. But the digital times have gotten people desperate and hungry for their 15 seconds of fame on social media.
Look, I am not saying you have to be Mother Theresa, or save the World, because that’s impossible. And while helping those in Africa or some orphanage in the Philippines is an amazing option, I say, look around you because there is always plenty needing someone’s kindness closer to you than you think.
If you are not one to believe in donations, and giving spare change to someone in need, because you have this skepticism on where your money is being spent – then don’t. But it’s not always about the money. Small acts result in huge impacts. Whether it is saying ‘Have a nice day” to a random stranger, holding the door open, helping a mom struggling with their baby carriage, offering your seat to the elderly or disabled, volunteering at a soup kitchen – I could go on and on, but you get the idea. It’s this mentality that we have bestowed upon ourselves that ‘my’ time is always more valuable than yours attitude, and that time is money. While both equally true and important, we skew this notion with time being well spent in doing good.
And how would these small acts of kindness make an impact? Because humans have the natural ability to pay it forward. While we don’t obviously make fuss as we would to getting revenge, instinctively because the act of kindness brings the happiness within you, you are just naturally inclined to share the good.
It’s like what I tell my husband, as of lately (if you follow my snaps) I am in pursuit to a healthier lifestyle therefore making more of an effort to the choices we make to the food we eat, and exercising on a regular basis. But there is a reason behind my crazed antics. What is the point of making all the money in the world, and working our ass off, if we can’t be healthy enough to enjoy it? I know we cannot just live in the moment, and all I am saying is that we need to get our priorities straight, and materialistic goods aren’t everything. And if you are going to live in the moment, at least take a second to reflect on your accomplishments to date. Otherwise nothing will ever be good enough. So what does this have to do with acts of kindness you ask? All I am saying is small acts, even it’s for yourself, or for someone you care about, by making a positive change to your own life can make a huge impact. Be the change.
That’s why I say, start small, take baby steps, start locally and with those around you. Sure, maybe out of the 10 acts of kindness, only 2 people will express their gratitude, but I’m sure more than half are thankful and subconsciously paying it forward. But you made a positive impact to those 10 people in their lives today. Think about how much of a difference we could all make, if every single one of us did something about it. That would make ALL the difference in our lives. Just imagine.
I am elated to share with you guys, that for the first time (in a long time) I feel like blogging and social media has become meaningful for me. That the word ‘influence’ has not made me cringe. But am able to contribute in a positive and meaningful way. I have partnered with Unilever USA to help fight hunger. And every time one of you ‘like’ or comment on my Instagram post, Unilever will donate one meal to feeding America. How amazing is that?! For once your ‘like’ and comments have meaning and contribute to something greater.
So visit my instagram @msyoleecom and make sure to ‘like’ or comment on the exact picture you see below (you can click on the image to go directly to the post itself), and just for the double tap, you are already well on your way to doing good and in helping someone in need this season. You’re on your phones anyways people – so lets do this! And feel free to spread the word, or share this with your friends and family.
And let me Thank YOU in advance, and to show my gratitude for your act of kindness, if I collect over 5k likes or 500 comments, my husband and I will donate 100 canned goods to the food bank nearest to us, on top of our volunteer at a soup kitchen this Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving America! And thanks for your participation! You have until November 14th to be apart of the change, so lets #shareameal because no one deserves to go hungry.
And now, I will leave you with this quote for some inspiration, because this is truly about empowerment and making an impact;
“You must be the change that you want to see in the World.” – Gandhi
Thanks for caring.
And feel free to share your act of kindness below on the comments section! Because everybody loves reading a feel-good story! And maybe your story will inspire others!
BE THE CHANGE.