“To practice courage, compassion and connection is to look at life and the people around us, and say, “I’m all in.”

 

-Brené Brown, The Gift of Imperfection

No matter what your situation, you are blessed. You are fortunate. You have something to offer to make the world a little bit (or a lot) better. I truly believe we have an obligation and a responsibility to take care of the things around us. Our cities and the neighbors within, the world we live on, and the people we surround ourselves with will take care of us as we in turn take care of them.

 

As bleak as it may seem, look around you right now. What’s broken within your community? Who is being left out or forgotten? Then ask yourself, what can I do about it?

 

Can you volunteer? Find out if there are one-time or even on-going volunteer opportunities for a cause you care about. Your local United Way or Volunteer Center could be great places to start!

 

Can you donate? Money doesn’t fix everything, we know this. But the truth of the matter is that there are non-profits and causes who are diligently working every day to fix problems within their communities, state, or even around the world. You don’t have to be able to make $1,000+ donations to make an impact! Pick one or two causes that you can donate $5 or $10 a month to. The voices (and dollars) of many are what have the power to make true, lasting change.

 

Bottom line: don’t just sit around waiting or praying and thinking someone else will take care of the problem. Get out and do something! End child abuse and neglect, help a homeless person, volunteer at an animal shelter, whatever you’re interested in find a cause and get busy.

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