“If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing nothing for nobody.” ~ Malcom Bane
I truly believe that one of the best way's to enrich your own physical, mental and emotional health is to help others. Time spent in someone else's shoes puts our own worries into perspective, and helps us to step outside the boundaries of the our own thoughts.
Brainstorming ways to maximize the number of lives you hope to touch or trying to think up ways to increase your range of influence isn’t as important as the actual act of GIVING and GETTING STARTED! If you do have big plans that can make a real impact in the lives of many, by all means, PURSUE THEM! But don’t let that interfere with the small deeds anybody can do on a daily basis.
Remember, “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” (Buddha) Make what change you are able to make now, and let the ‘giving spirit’ spread like a virus, infinitely touching the lives of people you may never meet, across boundaries you may never cross, in ways you may never imagine. That is the power of giving and your ticket to changing the world.
SOme of my favourite quotes to motivate us give of ourselves this holiday season, 2014 and beyond.
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” ~ Albert Einstein
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” ~ Muhammad Ali
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.’ Hungry not only for bread — but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing — but naked for human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks — but homeless because of rejection.” ~ Mother Teresa
A few (of SO many) great ways to help out in the Durham Region, with your gifts of time, talent or treasure:
Humane Society of Durham Region
Everyone in our life will need a friend at some time. Be there and you'll be surprised who benefits more.
Find Your CORE!