I believe we are all intrinsically good at heart; that we all want to do what we can to help others. Some nurture or teach children; others look after animals; others care for the sick or old; and we all look out for our family and friends, in what ever way we can. I’m sure that we are all born to be caring to other beings in some way.
I also believe that we get very busy in our lives, and the level to which we can care for others beyond our immediate circle of family and friends can reduce. Sometimes we are so busy dealing with life’s challenges, that we forget that we could take a break from our own “stuff”, by remembering that someone else might be going through difficulties themselves.
It’s true that when you are able to help others, your own challenges reduce (even if it’s just taking your mind of it for a while). It’s also very possible that the people you meet while you are helping others, may be beneficial to you in your own circumstances; and that by giving of yourself, you will be rewarded in some way – karma is a wonderful thing!
There are lots of incredible people and organisations out there doing some amazing things for their communities – from building houses for families with Habitat for Humanity, to taking medical supplies to remote villages with Riders for Health, to the numerous organisations that support underprivileged kids. The range of things that people do for each other is truly amazing.
Some individuals give huge amounts of time to their chosen charity or not-for-profit organisation – by physically being on site somewhere, doing things that make a difference. Other people give money, because we all know that you don’t get far without the almighty dollar, and charity’s are no different. But what if you don’t have a lot of spare money, and you aren’t physically able to do much? Well there are people that make products for their chosen charities or organisations from the comfort of their own home… and I’m going to tell you a little bit about that next time.
Yours – with love, compassion and hope