This year, I believe that it is important for us to make a difference in our communities. So many of us are experiencing different challenges in our lives and you would never know it. We sometimes keep our concerns internally until we hit a boiling point that impacts our social, emotional, and physical being. I’ve had clients that have been under tremendous stress over things like job loss, illness, injuries, and recent separations. Events like these create a domino effect leading to further concerns including receipt of eviction notices, foreclosures, child custody/visitation concerns, and bills from debt collectors – just to name a few.
But here is my question…what can we do to make a difference? Is it too much to ask for someone to maybe spend $20.00 on groceries for a neighbor in need; pay a visit to someone who has been injured or facing an untimely illness; volunteer in after-school tutoring sessions for the youth; serve in a soup kitchen on some weekends? I realize that everyone is not in the position to do some of the aforementioned suggestions, but certainly there are other ways that we can make a difference.
Our communities need to know that someone out there cares about them and what they are going through. Yes, we have various city and state agencies available to address some of the needs. Yet, there is something to be said about the person who steps out of themselves and their problems to help someone else, especially when they do not expect anything in return. How nice! How rare! Something to think about!