Get Inspired To Give Back

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(Okay, I know fireworks don’t have much to do with ‘giving back’ but they do inspire a positive ripple effect just like you can too!)

Crafting your life often includes others – how you impact them and how they impact you.
I believe things work better in balance – in order to receive, it is also great to give. Plus it feels awesome! And there is nothing wrong in feeling good about yourself when you give back.

Besides some of the common areas of life (health, money, relationships, career), one I include is the area Contribution.

There are a lot of horrendous things that happen on this planet. However, you don’t need to take the weight of the world on to your shoulders. It is a massive burden to carry and one that can end up paralysing you. Instead, do your bit. Every action has a ripple effect – from a smile to a stranger and recycling your rubbish, to helping to build new homes for people in devastated areas.

This sentiment was reinforced when a friend shared this poem with me:

“It’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake because
my great-great grandchildren
won’t let me sleep.

My great-great grandchildren
ask me in dreams
What did you do
while the planet
was plundered?

What did you do
when the Earth
was unraveling?

Surely you did something
when the seasons
started failing,

as the mammals, reptiles,
birds were all dying.

Did you
fill the streets
with protest when
democracy was stolen?

What did you do once you knew?

It’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake because
my great-great grandchildren
won’t let me sleep.

What did you do once you knew?”

– Drew Dellinger

What did you do once you knew?

Use a blank list page in your Filofax or planner and list ways you can give back to others. If you want ongoing motivation, print out the poem above to remind yourself. You don’t need to just give money. Giving your time and energy is just as important.

Here are some ideas of giving back, creating a positive ripple effect or taking action towards helping this planet:

  • Turn your compassion, thoughts and intentions to those who need it. Give good wishes.
  • Buy fair trade products – Fair Trade Australia
  • Sponsor a child or a village – to make yourself comfortable with knowing where the money goes, check out the charity’s annual report.
  • Use your water and electricity wisely.
  • Get into collaborative consumption
  • Support local farmers and eat seasonally
  • Commit random acts of kindness (pay for the coffee of the person at the next table, leave a post it note saying “You are beautiful” on the bathroom mirror, give a bunch of flowers to someone on the street)
  • Go on a Volunteer Holiday
  • Donate microloans through Opportunity International or Kiva
  • Volunteer your time at a local charity or retirement home
  • Give Charity Gift Vouchers with Karma Currency

What do you do – or what are some of your ideas?

Life is crafted. Craft yours.
Arienne

 

 


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2 thoughts on “Get Inspired To Give Back

  1. Rochelle

    What a great post! I love that poem, thanks for sharing.

    I think it is just the little things in life that count when helping others. No matter how big or small, if you can make a difference to that persons day I feel like my little act of kindness will have a ripple effect.
    The other week I was in the shops, a young dad was with his school age daughter buying school supplies and the daughter was in a foul mood. I heard her say “If I was shopping with mummy she would know what to get”.
    I saw the look on the father’s face, he looked defected. I offered to look at the list he had and sort told him what items I thought where the best and what the child would need. I found out the childs parents where recently divorced and he was doing the shcool shopping this year. I left him with it and carried on. He found me about 20mins later and couldn’t thank me enough for helping him out. 🙂 (end of novel, haha)

    Love a feel good story!

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    1. ariennegorlach

      That is awesome! What a wonderful thing you did and what an impact you made for that Father 🙂
      It really is those little things – that often don’t take too much from us – that can make such a difference on the people around us. Strangers and those closer.

      I used the kindness cards from http://www.wakeupsydney.org and anonymously bought (through the conductor!) a return ticket for a person on the lightrail. It was such a little thing to do but the ripple was ongoing. The conductor said people were still talking about it a week later.

      Feel good stories are the best – we so often focus on the negative happenings of the world, it is nice to give the great things recognition too.

      Ripple on folks,
      Arienne

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