A Beacon for Change

Helping You Cross the Bridge to the Real You 

We're Here to Make a Difference

I believe that no matter what we do, where we live, or who we are, it is part of our mission to help others whenever and wherever we can. The Earth, the land, and every living thing on it is our responsibility, and if we all understood that and felt it, we would be living in a true paradise. 

I have a few charities that I have worked with or donated to, and I have made it part of my business protocol to donate 10% of my net profits to these charities. This is really all I can afford to do at the current time but when my income increases I will gladly up that amount.Just knowing I can help give back in whatever way I can makes me feel wonderful inside and I know that I am doing what I should be doing. It's an awesome feeling. 

Making a difference can be a very simple thing and it doesn't have to be about money...it can even be as simple as giving someone a pat on the back or a kind word. Maybe we could pick up a few groceries for the elderly woman next door who has a hard time getting around, or taking her a casserole. We could donate our time at a church or a charitable organization that is raising money for sick children. We could take some blankets or pet food to a local shelter or cut the grass for someone who isn't able to do that anymore. 

Let me share a quick story about what a kind word can do. Once, when I used to shop at Walmart, I was checking out and the lady cashier was not being very nice, despite my warm greeting and my smile. I first thought that she was being very rude but then I realized that there could be something in her life that was affecting her mood, and I had no right to think ill of her. So, I told her that I thought it must be very hard to stand there all day and check people out and deal with the public. As she looked at me, tears began to well up in her eyes, and she told me that she was in a lot of pain and her boss wouldn't let her go home. She said she needed that job, but she wasn't sure she could stand there for the rest of her shift. My heart broke for her. We had a brief chat and I gave her some words of encouragement, and by the time I walked away she was smiling and being very kind to me. Just a few kind words and someone who understood her situation was all it took to turn things around enough that she could probably tough out the rest of the day. I've never forgotten that experience and it was a powerful lesson.

β€œIt's not enough to have lived.
We should be determined to live for something.
May I suggest that it be creating joy for others,
sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind,
bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.”
― Leo Buscaglia

There are so many way that we can give back to our community, our neighbor, the world. I hope that if you have not given of yourself in a while, you will take a moment to consider what you are capable of doing, and make it a point to do it. Again, it doesn't have to take huge amounts of your time or your money, just a kind word, or a selfless act or deed, or a small donation of any amount, which will make you feel so good inside that you will want to make it a regular part of your life. 

Random acts of kindness are something that can make the world a better place, and I believe that the recipient of that act will want to pay it forward. Just think of a world full of people performing random acts of kindness and those on the receiving end doing the same for others. That's the kind of world I want to live in, and I think we all do. Each of us CAN do something. 

God Bless You.