There may be moments when you ask yourself whether any contribution you make really helps someone or help the world become a better place.
Indeed, it does.
As Mother Theresa would say,
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop”
Sharing knowledge is a great way to enlighten, motivate and inspire others around you. Knowledge is to be shared and a tool for making the world a better place.
As you share, so will you receive knowledge from others. What starts with your thirst for knowledge will eventually lead you to the awareness of the significance of knowledge in making our environment a better one. Once you are inspired to share your knowledge and also appreciate those who gave you theirs, then this will create the ripple effect.
Volunteering for a charitable or social cause enables us to work towards finding solutions to issues and challenges. It is also a method of recognizing the power we have within to bring about a behavioral change in others. Volunteering also is a reminder that each of us, as a global citizen have a social responsibility to the planet we live in. It helps to focus on sustainability and resources while utilizing inherent skills and knowledge.
A careful survey of our requirements and needs could yield some surprising facts. We can then focus on reducing our expenses, reusing what we have and of course, recycling what we do not need. This would also bring our attention to the habit of donating not just what we wish to but also what we do not need. The person who has amazed me to a great extent with his passion for donating is my Dad. Once in a couple of months, I see him carefully looking through the place where we keep tools, old kitchen appliances that have outdone their shelf life and yet can be used after a quick visit to the service dealer, old frames that would not see the light of day again and other miscellaneous articles.
He would then carefully take out a few of the items we would have kept “in case we need it” and ask me whether we would really use them. “Why don’t we give away things we do not use and are unlikely to use, to others who may need them?”, would be his earnest question.
Donating what we do not use or require not only helps others who are in need lead a better life but also helps our home become clutter free.
The importance we give to kindness also helps us to make the world a better place. It does not imply that your gesture has to be one that enables you to touch the hearts of many people, in fact, it is effective even if has made a single person happier.
An enquiry about a colleague’s loved one’s health, a visit to see someone you have not met for a long time and even sending a bouquet to someone you wish to appreciate, are all thoughtful ways to make people happier.
A act of kindness can even be by paying a genuine gracious compliment to those you meet. It could be even be helping someone on the road who is struggling to carry several shopping bags to their car. I remember when my car broke down and as I stood besides my car on the road side, a concerned samaritan not only asked me what the problem was but checked the problem and was gracious enough to offer to take my car to the workshop he knew.
Communicating effectively with people also enables you to have stronger and richer relationships. Our listening skills go a long way in our ability to make the person we are speaking to happier. We seldom realize the value of listening until we wish to confide or speak to someone. For one who has enjoyed chatting with people relentlessly, it was but a few years ago that I understood the value of listening. A graceful and pleasant stewardess on a flight that I took from Dubai to India taught me a valuable lesson.
It was a flight that had scarcely many passengers. A pleasant lady, she took particular interest in the comfort of my travel and had the time to chat with me during the flight. Soon we got around to talking and before I knew it I found myself attentively listening. The sheer joy that I experienced for the first time was unforgettable. She was soon sharing with me matters that concerned her future, her uncertainties and insecurities.
As I was disembarking, she surprised me with a small box of chocolates. Despite my protests, she insisted that it a gift from her, for being a “wonderful listener”.
I know that I had done nothing, but my sympathetic silence and few words of comfort had meant a lot to her.
Smiling is a simple and yet effective way of making our environment a happier one.
We may not need to be reminded to smile when we experience happiness, joy or amusement, but the key is make the efforts of having a smile adorn your face most of the time (if possible).
It is indeed not practical during times of distress, anger and sorrow. But, are there not many moments in our daily life that we overlook the impact of our smile? For eg: Not all of us feel comfortable to smile at a waiter who escorts us to our table in a restaurant or smile at a cashier at the supermarket and my question is “Why not?”
We are the one who chooses to experience the joy of the smile and the the person who receives is also cheered in the process as it is a sign of respect and recognition for their work.
If we choose to share the happiness and peace we experience through our actions and speech, we will be able to creatively reach out to the world and make a positive difference to the world we live in.
It is a simple matter of choice.