Like most people I’m sure, I go through ‘I need to help people’ phases all the time. I Google volunteering in my area on a regular basis, gather bucket loads of information and then, well, then, nothing. I never actually follow through with it.
I get inspired by people like Cate Bolt (I encourage you to check out her site: www.catherinebolt.com, and this post specifically: Realtiy is a funny thing.), but inspired to do what I’m really not sure.
Save all the starving children in the world. Sure. I’d love to. Host cancer fundraiser after cancer fundraiser and make a bucket load of cash for the various cancer charities. Sure. I’d love to. Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House and cheer up the sick kids. Sure. I’d love to.
You get my point. I often feel guilty about my life and often feel the need to give something back. Back to who? Well I’m not really sure.
I sponsor a little boy from Bangladesh, who is just so gorgeous and sends me the cutest drawings and his mum writes me the most heartfelt letters, but is that really enough.
People whinge about having a mortgage, but shouldn’t we be happy that we even just have a house in the first place. Unfortunately it’s human nature, and for that I can’t apologise, or even begin to try to change. I can change my own attitude and thinking and I often do.
But the sad reality is it doesn’t last very long, and I find myself saying to Hubby, where the bloody hell is our new dishwasher coz the old one is giving me the shits. Then I stop and think to myself, god that sounds ungrateful. And I shut myself up quicker than you can say dishwasher. But no doubt a few days later I’ll find myself in the exact same situation, having a whinge about something else.
I would have donated to at least 4 different charities since July this year, but that’s in a way taking the easy way out and just giving money as oppossed to giving away your time. Which one is more valuable? I’m not really sure. So I guess my point in all of this is, I’m sure we’d all love to save the world, but reality is, few of us would take any drastic measures to do so.
We shouldn’t feel guilty for the lives we lead, most of us have worked hard for it, but it’s also good to give back and to give to those less fortunate. And if you find someone inspiring, then do something with the inspiration. Buy Christmas presents that will benefit a charity, get rid of those old clothes to Vinnies that you’ve been hanging onto, and while all of this will have selfish tendencies behind it, because it’s making YOU feel better, at the same time you’ve also helped someone less fortunate than you.
And to those that have made life changing decisions and dedicated their lives to helping those less fortunate I truly applaud you, and if you inspire a handful people to change one small thing in their lives and then they pass on the inspiration and so on, well then that WILL make a world of difference.