“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
— Fred Rogers
Well friends the news is scary, the presidential campaigns are abysmal circuses and everyone is offended by something. It’s hard not feel anxious or down right mad after watching a newscast. I think I’ll skip over the topic of online news and comments. Lets face it, that is an ultra ugly space for people to vent and berate others. (Don’t even read that junk)
How do we counteract all the negative and regain our sanity? I propose that we as a people start in our own neighborhoods. Be a helper. Encourage others to be helpers. Look for ways to lend a hand.
Elderly neighbors and families with small children are usually in need of help.
Churches usually have volunteer programs in place and are looking for extra sets of hands.
Schools, libraries and other public organizations often need help for special events and fundraisers.
It might take time to find the place where your skills are in demand, so look high and low, ask around, and eventually you will find the place where you are most needed.
If a commitment of time is something you just can’t do, then do two or three random acts of kindness a week. But be careful, such a path usually leads to daily acts of kindness and giddiness.
There will be times when offering your help, or an act of kindness, is not appreciated. Do not take it personally. Move on and keep giving back, the world needs you!
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
And be a good neighbor.
By Jill Eudaly