Are you making a difference in this world?
After the loss of a very close, lifelong friend I thought about what my legacy would be. What am I doing to enrich the world just a tiny bit?
Very few people would tell you that they need to work less and make less money. People always tend to live just above their actual income level. If you think you’re struggling with life, you should know there are others in lower AND higher socioeconomic classes that would trade places with you in a heartbeat.
Is there a way to leave a legacy? Yes….volunteering! People who ask me about my personal experience often tell me they have zero extra hours a week. I guarantee you, EVERYONE has a few extra hours per week; it’s all about time management.
In your town, there are lots of opportunities to help. There is probably a Meals on Wheels program nearby. Delivering meals to senior citizens for just a few hours, one day a week is a much needed service.
In my city, there are food banks that are always looking for a little extra help. You can also help by donating canned food to the food bank.
Schools are always looking for volunteers to help students who might be struggling with a subject and would otherwise be left behind. If you can read or do simple math, you can help.
Most local law enforcement agencies have a volunteer program where you can help taking phone calls, helping people fill out forms or even checking on the homes of people on vacation.
Do you have a special skill in your in your career that might be of use elsewhere? My last job in law enforcement was working a police K-9. I trained my dog daily and helped other handlers train theirs. It was a pretty easy fit when I volunteered at a local animal shelter working with dogs. The greatest feeling I’ve experienced in many years was when a local radio personality adopted a dog I had been training and posted his experience on social media. He posted a video of the dog walking very nicely on a leash…..that was all me!!
Helping less fortunate humans and animals leaves a warm fuzzy feeling that lasts; not only with you but with the human or animal you’re helping.