My birthday is coming up soon, and it has me reflecting on previous birthdays/previous years and what I’ve learned over the course of that time. Over the next 13 days, I’m planning on sharing a lesson I’ve learned, or a piece of insight, everyday. Hopefully it’ll be something that helps you see things differently or ignites some kind of spark in you. The goal is to keep these short and sweet (sometimes in video form), but we all know I’m terrible at getting to the point ;)
I’m kicking it off with this:
It’s never too late to give back, and you can never give too little.
This has been on my mind the past few weeks since we’re in the holiday season, and even more so because I’m spending a few hours giving today. Instead of looking down on others that are in a less fortunate position, why not give back? It doesn’t have to be anything extensive. Sometimes even having a conversation with someone can lift up their day. And I know, this sounds all kumbaya, but ocassionally what prevents us from giving is feeling like what we have to offer isn’t good enough, and won’t make a difference.
Except it will.
While I’ve always been a fan of donating money to a cause, I never feel like it’s enough. I never think that it’ll be impactful because it’s such a small amount in the grand scheme of things. Of course, if everyone thought this way, then no one would donate a thing. Instead, what I’ve found (for myself) to be more impactful and fulfilling is to get on the ground and do something – feeding the homeless, volunteering, paying it forward at coffee shops,consulting with organizations that do social good… the list goes on. That works for me. Think about what will fulfill you, and what you’re best at, and then go forth and give.
It took me until college to really realize the impact of giving back. One of the classes I had was called Cornerstone, and the purpose of it was to encourage us to either form groups, or acts as individuals, and use social entrepreneurship to do good and service the community. One of the things my group chose to do was to work with an organization called New Hope for Kids. We raised money for a child named Edwin who wanted to go on a Disney cruise. I created a flyer with custom artwork (considering I have no photoshop or illustrator skills whatsoever, it turned out pretty baller. I’ll have to find a picture of it) had Fedex sponsor us and give us free prints, and then attempted to raffle off a unique piece of skateboard art that my sister created. It wasn’t the first time I participated in something – I had volunteered before – but it was the first time we singlehandedly came up with a creative fundraising strategy, then went out and executed on it.
You can do something simple like this too! There was so many ways to participate in organizations small and large, and they all need help with fundraising of some sort. Make it fun.
I’m going out with some friends of mine to participate in a Random Acts of Kindness day in Los Angeles, and I have another thing I’m cooking up which I’ll hopefully share with you over the next few days.
Are you volunteering or participating in any Random Acts of Kindness over the holiday season? If so, what is it?