If anyone wants to help me, let them begin at home. There is help needed on your doorstep, in your place of work, in your office, and in your factory. ~Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa may be gone, but the legacy of the countless people she helped throughout her life lives on. Her words of wisdom, care and love still touch the hearts and lives of the people who read them or hear them.
Often it is difficult for us to help the people we know and easier to send a few dollars to some organization. I know for me it is.
I don’t want to interact with people in need. I don’t necessarily want to see their problems. I would rather pretend that people don’t have problems because I sent money to some faceless organization thereby releasing myself from having to care about them.
But the fact is, we can’t hide from the responsibility of caring for people in our own homes, neighborhoods, communities and so on.
Mother Teresa spent her life helping others who often could not help themselves. They had diseases. They were poor. They were the lowest of society and yet she loved them and cared for them.
She had very little herself, but she gave her all to help people who would never be able to repay her.
How much more can most of us do to help our fellow humans? We have resources that Mother Teresa never dreamed of. How many times have you spent the evening watching TV or playing on your computer? I know I do it.
Some of that time could be spent volunteering. You could help out at your children’s school a couple of hours a week. You could help at a homeless shelter or area hospital. Go visit people at a nursing home.
We have nearly unlimited opportunities. People who need a little help from us, don’t care who we are, they are just thankful that you could help them out.
Helping others can be hard, but we can do it. Start slow and make helping others a habit.
Paying it forward…
What a great way to help someone. Many of the times you will not even know the person you are helping and they won’t know you. You just do something nice for someone—like pay for their order at the drive-thru or something like that.
It doesn’t have to be something expensive, just something thoughtful. It can make someone’s day.
Until next time… have a beautiful day!