“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.”
If you are watching the U.S. news this morning, I’m sure you will agree with me that the news is bad. It feels as if “evil” is winning.
It makes you feel helpless.
While we cannot always prevent bad things from happening, here are 25 things I believe we can do to make our world a little bit better.
1. Be nice. A positive attitude will take you (and those around you) a long way.
2. Show a random act of kindness. It doesn’t have to be a person you don’t know. You can show kindness to your neighbor, coworker, postman, bus driver, valet parker or anyone else you encounter on a daily basis.
3. Buy your coworker lunch today.
4. Write a letter of thanks. Consider saying thank you to your local fire department, police department and/or school. Let them know how much you appreciate them.
5. Write a letter to a solder. There are many web sites available that can help you get your letter to a soldier overseas.
6. Tip Generously. As a former waitress, I can tell you that a generous tip doesn’t add to a shoe fund. It helps to pay the rent, college tuition and it gives a person the hope to keep going.
8. Worship at your local church, synagogue, temple and/or home. Spirituality goes a long way.
9. Give senior citizens, the sick and shut-in a ride to their place of worship.
Donate Your Money or Your Time —
10. Donate and/or volunteer at a local shelter or food kitchen. You can serve food, unload trucks, wash or cut vegetables. If you don’t have the time to volunteer, your donation is also needed.
11. Donate and/or volunteer at a local school and/or hospital. Again, volunteers are high during the holidays. Your help is needed now.
12. Donate non-perishable foods to your local food pantry. Your donations are crucial. The food pantry shelves are typically lean this time of year.
13. Donate unused (or gently used) clothes and toys/games to your local Good Will or Salvation Army.
14. Donate your expertise. There are numerous charities that require a specific expertise, research them on the web and share your talents to make the world a better place.
Donate a Little Bit of Yourself —
15. Donate your blood
16. Sign up for the National Bone Marrow Registry. You may be a donor for a friend or family member. Or, you may be an answer to a prayer of someone you don’t know. For more information, check out the Be A Match web site.
17. The next time you renew your driver’s license, sign up to be an organ donor.
19. Run or walk in a marathon for a charity. You don’t have to be a runner! In 2001, I walked a marathon in Bermuda to raise money for the American Diabetes Association.
Improve Your Community —
20. Take your family on a walk through your neighborhood and clean up the trash.
21. Plant a tree
22. Check on your neighbors. Make sure that your single neighbors and your senior citizen neighbors know that someone cares about them.
Help A Life —
23. Mentor a child. Be a mentor or a big brother or a big sister.
24. Adopt or foster a local child
25. Adopt or foster a local pet
Love & Soul Always, Kay