It is week 11 for those who are following the challenge. For those who are here to read the blog, the focus for this week is to think of others. I know that it can be difficult to not dwell on what we don't have. As human beings we tend to focus on the negatives in our lives. For many, we live paycheck to paycheck, wondering how we will pay rent or buy groceries. However, there are so many who have so much less than we do. House fires, natural disasters and illness steal everything from families everyday. We may not always hear about or see this, but there are so many people who suffer in silence. They have lost their homes, their loved ones. They have no roof over their head or food in their cabinets.
People say, or think "why don't they get welfare" or some kind of aid. Well, that is not right. Some can't unless they don't work at all or maybe they don't have children. Many states do not offer aid to young men and women who don't have children. Some states will not help if you have a job even if you don't make enough to provide for your family. The negative comments or thinking should not be where your mind takes you. Why are most of us so negative? Why do we always have to justify why we do not help our fellow man. Society tries to find a reason why someone who is struggling can't help themselves, rather then just being there for one another. If I see a man begging for food, I am giving him a dollar and not asking him where he is going to spend it, or why he cant earn it himself.
I challenge you this week try and find a way to give to your community, or to a family who is struggling. I challenge you to open your heart and your mind. This simple act of kindness could help someone realize that they are not alone. You could very well be the reason they decide not to give up. Remind others that we are all human beings and we are in this world together.
There are several ways that you could chose to donate. Clothes that you no longer need, if they are in good condition you can donate them. Maybe you have extra blankets that you never use, or canned goods that you can afford to donate. You can visit the local firehouse or church and see if there is a family you could help, or services that you could provide. Be creative. There are several organizations that you could contact, like The Red Cross, Goodwill or local homeless shelters. If none of these sound good to you, donate five dollars to a fundraiser.
I realize that right now each and everyone of us is living through a pandemic and turmoil. At this time in our world we could all use a little kindness in our lives. We need to be the change that we want to see in this world. We need to spread love and compassion, and then we need to hope to God that it spreads like a virus. I know that we each have our own issues to deal with and that we each have struggles of our own to overcome, but one simple act of generosity could be the saving grace for another.
Spread positivity this week. Show others they are not alone in this world and that someone cares about them. I know that you may be the one in need. If that is the case, please speak up. Don't be embarrassed or prideful. We all need a little help at some point.
God bless you all and have an amazing week. If i can assist you in any way, as always please reach out and let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org