On Purpose: Leaving the world better than we found it

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“Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.”

– Marianne Williamson

There is a lot to say about having a purpose. When you have a purpose you have direction, you have something to work towards. You have something to pour yourself into and you have something that will ultimately fulfill you. Having a purpose is important, and I personally think we have a lot of different ones, and as multidimensional humans we shouldn’t settle for just one.

But there is one that everyone should have, and it’s to do good, to leave the world a better place than you found it. It sounds like an overwhelming thing, to change the world for the better, but that doesn’t have to be overwhelming at all. Little actions change the world. Being loving to your neighbors, doing random acts of kindness, not being the cause of someones pain.

There is a lot of dysfunction in our world, by simply not contributing to it you are helping heal it.

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Doing charity in private: The problem with public giving

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I did a certain charitable act a month or so ago and I wanted to tell someone about it, almost immediately. Maybe that’s a normal reaction; when we do something we feel good about we want to share that overwhelmingly positive emotion. But maybe we just like to lift ourselves up by telling others how great we were in that moment.

Maybe it’s a little of both. Maybe we think it’s the first but in reality it is the later.

I choose not to tell anyone that day, or the next, in fact I didn’t tell anyone, and if you don’t count this (which I can’t decide if I should) I still haven’t. But, the overwhelming desire to tell someone did open my eyes to my own desires. It made me step back and wonder why, after the joy from doing good had passed, was the next emotion a self serving one?

I want people to know I’m a good person, which is a flawed logic,  because if you are a good person, people already know. Goodness isn’t something that goes unnoticed. Perhaps people don’t see to which degree you are good, but they still know that you are. Goodness doesn’t come from one charitable act, or even a handful, it comes from a mixture of constant charitable acts and other acts of kindness and righteousness.

Telling people of one charitable act, won’t change their mind if they’ve decided you’re a bad person. It takes them seeing a visible transformation in your everyday actions for them to suddenly change their perspective on you. That’s possible, keep in mind, if you fear you are seen as a bad person, or even a not-so-good person, there is plenty of time to change that. Change is real and possible, so don’t stop seeking it.

But change doesn’t come from bragging. In fact, bragging always has the opposite effect that the bragger means for it to. If someone takes to bragging people take to disliking them and thinking of them as a worse person than they probably are. We can’t stand self-righteous people, yet somehow we still manage to be pretty self-righteous ourselves.

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Click a button, help animals: IT’S FREE!

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Click HERE to give a free meal to a shelter pet.

Click HERE to give free cat litter to cats in shelters.

Click HERE to give shelter cats free food.

Click HERE to give shelter dogs free food.

Some of these you have to answer a trivia question. Even if you get it wrong food will still be donated. You can do this once a day. It’s free of charge, free. All you have to do is click a button. Bookmark it on your browser and keep it up. This is such an easy way to help.