Global Support: Ending helplessness

Like so many of you, I've watched the earthquake devastation in Haiti this week with a heavy heart. It's tragic to witness so much pain and easy to feel so helpless. While donating money is important, it just doesn't feel like nearly enough.

This morning, as I watched the news about relief efforts, I thought about how a global tragedy ignites a feeling of oneness with all humanity. People of all ages, races, religious beliefs, or political affiliations, come together to offer what they can to their global sisters and brothers. Prayers are said, resources are pledged, and feelings are shared between strangers. I often imagine what the world would be like if we could only maintain this level of respect and heartfelt cooperation...

For those of you who, like me, feel helpless and would like something more to do, I have an idea. In addition to offering what financial support you can to relief efforts (for a list of top-rated charities, click here) let's spend the week committing acts of kindness in honor of our Haitian brothers and sisters. These acts might include:

* Help a friend with his or her resume.

* Provide care for a child.

* Volunteer for a local shelter.

* Help a colleague look for a job.

* Give a hug to someone who's having a tough time.

* Buy a cup of coffee for the person behind you.

* Shovel a driveway or walkway for a neighbor.

* Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly friend.

* Call someone who's going through a tough time and simply listen.

If, in fact, we are all connected (and I firmly believe we are), then taking steps to help someone here in honor of someone suffering in Haiti will make a difference. At the very least, the energy of love will heal some part of our shared universe.

Ready to join me? Check out this week's Take Action Challenge and offer your ideas. I will, too!

Take Action Challenge

Inspire others to get onboard by sharing your kind acts on our facebook page here: All actions - large or small - count, so please take the time to tell us what you've done.

This week's inspiring video comes from Max. The music and the message are filled with hope. Thanks Max BH!


Sky Wallace 19th January 2010 12:54 pm

Very encouraging and common sense advice. Love the one you are with...Sky Wallace


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