There’s no competition when you want to help others.
There’s no application process, limited spaces, or ‘dog eat dog’ mentality to simply help someone else. When you want to help yourself, it becomes an entirely different story.
Helping someone doesn’t require establishing an organization, it doesn’t require a celebrity endorsement, or even a Facebook page. It only requires you to get up and start helping. I met a photographer at a wedding who donates 50% of his entire salary to those in need. He’s not in a financial stable condition, he simply stated “If I wait till I am, it’ll never happen”.
Helping isn’t simply donating. For some, it can be raising awareness, others it can attending protest, or getting your hands dirty on the front line. Everyone has their own definition of what it means to help, and that’s OK. The myriad of tasks all make an impact.
Some folks want to save the rainforest, others want to ensure children have clean drinking water, others want to save the whales, while others want to end violence against women. Some only find inspiration when those in need, have something in common with them. Not everyone connects with the hunger situation in Africa, or are even aware the hunger situation is worse in the subcontinent of India, that’s not going to change anytime soon. Whatever cause touches you, do it up, hopefully the ones that don’t will have folks on them as well.
I think ‘selfless’ is a myth when it comes to helping. We still tend to lean towards the causes & tasks that give us the little fuzzy feeling inside, that’s fine. I think it’s an issue when we start to impose our views on others. If someone else doesn’t share your enthusiasm towards preserving the pyramids, don’t bang your fists, just do your thing.
The impact you create is the impact you create. The opinions of others are irrelevant to this. Don’t be guilt-tripped into supporting something you’re heart isn’t into. Everyone is guided by self-interests, and though that doesn’t sound very romantic, it’s still very accurate. Don’t feel obligated to cater to the interests of others, handle yours.
Whatever causes you choose to support, please explore it first. There’s plenty of folks (like the KONY campaign) that will exploit the suffering of others for profit. The situations are never simple in black & white. There’s rarely a clearly defined good guy & bad guy. Get educated, and find the best use of your energy to create impact you want to create.
It doesn’t have to be grand, helping folks can be as simple as opening doors or taking the time to lend an ear, or sharing a smile.
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