It doesn’t take much


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I regularly find myself getting up rushed and tired, so many things to do to get through the day. A career to build, groceries to buy, bills to pay, errands to run, dinner to cook, a pet to care for, admin to get done, doctors to visit, kids to nurture, a husband to cherish, friendships to cultivate, family to appreciate and love…

In this day and age we seem run down, self-centered, depressed, desperate and hopeless, sometimes, all the time….

It doesn’t take much…

I often wonder what we as ordinary people can do to try and mend, comfort and heal all the loneliness, brokenness, sadness and hopelessness in this world… and in ourselves.

We read endless articles and blogs and cliché quotes on how to make our lives and the world better. We share these thoughts on social media and pin all the to-do’s on our endless boards, but for some reason it always stays just that, digital words not put into action.

In our house our family motto is: “Leave it better than you found it”. I want to try, really try to do my part again… We have so much to fight for. I want to do it not just for myself but for our future generations…even if it’s just for our two boys. You’ve heard it all before, I know, me too… But I feel I need to be reminded… maybe you need to as well…

It doesn’t take much…

Do what you know you have to do at work/ school/ varsity and do it extremely well. Do it not only with dedication, but also with integrity. Give deserved and honest “one-minute praises” to colleagues/ employers and employees…

It doesn’t take much…

Have faith.

When out and about, if you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours. When paying, greet the cashiers on their name, in my opinion name-tags are to be used.

Be the first to apologize.

Drive a bit slower, be less rushed, fasten seat-belts, plan trips better, listen to music that stirs your soul, give right of way, respect pedestrians, be less grumpy…

It doesn’t take much…

Don’t just “like” or “sad face” status updates, rather visit, phone or send a message.

Hope again.

When buying groceries, buy a packet of fruit and a loaf of bread extra and hand it to a homeless person you pass in the street…

Take walks.

It doesn’t take much…

Say please and thank you.

Play with your children often, don’t worry too much about making everything educational. As a preschool teacher that’s my go to, but I need to be reminded. Rather give hugs, laugh with them, put your phone down, play silly games, don’t be too hard on yourself, switch the TV off, run with them, be present, join in the imaginary play, be the hero, play “basketball” or as we call it “washketball” with dirty laundry, get dirty, listen when they speak, dance in the rain, love them, really listen…

It doesn’t take much…

Put birdseed out.

Cook a meal and take it to a new mom or a sick friend.

Throw out the things you don’t use and give it to the needy. Sort that closet out.  We know we need less than we have and there is always someone more desperate than you. We have too much. Give some of your money and resources away, giving is better than receiving.

It doesn’t take much…

Remember your roots.

Tell your friends why you appreciate them, cook and share food, laughter, heartbreak, breakthroughs and joys, eat chocolate and drink a glass of wine.

It doesn’t take much…

Adopt a pet.

Love your spouse/partner, spend time with them, listen to them, appreciate them, surprise them, get to know them again, bless them…

Be kind.

Visit family more, the common ground still outweigh the differences.

Watch movies, shows and read books that uplift you rather than making you feel drained, skeptical and down…

Pay for a stranger’s coffee.

Dream about the future.

Bake someone cupcakes, even if it’s not their birthday.

Hug.

Be proud of who you are and know that you are here for a reason…

Be thankful.

 

It doesn’t take much.

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Even if it’s just for them…

 

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