Doing Good In The World

I think we all want to make the world a better place – through our job, through our personal pursuits, but it’s easy to get wrapped up in the responsibilities of day to day living, to get tired, and to be overwhelmed. Where do I start? How can I make a difference?

Well, when your limbs get heavy and the weight of the future is too much to bear, remember this:

People seek validation. Yes, you. And them.

If you want to make the world a better place, don’t fixate on building a spacecraft or inventing the cure for cancer. Instead, find someone who is doing something in earnest – anything – stitching a pillow, loving their girlfriend, collecting little die-cast figurines of army soldiers, rearranging their junk drawer – and give them the validation they seek. It doesn’t even take words. Just be there with them in the effort.

This is something you can do, wherever you are, that is as revolutionary as a parade, as noble as a peasant prophet, and as powerful as an armor-piercing bullet. Your generous boost will lift that person up and, who knows, maybe this is the boost they need to push themselves toward something greater, to launch up into the air and cannonball into the center of the ocean, making ripples that dwarf the waves.

You control our destiny as much as the astronauts and the biochemists.

With your small, untrained hands, working in the presence of genuineness, you can lift up the soul of the world.