what can i do?

As I was driving through my neighborhood on the way to work one morning, I noticed a man a block or so away walking up the street in my direction. As I got closer, I watched as he bent over and picked up a cup, put it in a plastic grocery bag he was carrying, and kept walking.

I smiled, realizing that he was using his morning walk as an opportunity to help clean up the neighborhood. My friend Maura used to do the same thing in our neighborhood in North Carolina. I admired and appreciated her for doing it, and I felt the same way about the man this morning.

We get to choose every morning whether we’re going to leave the world a better place at the end of the day. I’m not talking about curing cancer or solving world hunger here. I’m just talking about having a positive impact in ways that are well within our power.

For my friend Maura and the nameless man this morning, picking up neighborhood trash is one way that they leave the world a better place. It’s a small thing, a simple thing, but it has an impact.

There are lots of little ways you can make a difference—smile at the grumpy cashier, pay the toll for the car behind you, drop some canned goods off at the food bank, push your elderly neighbor’s trash can to the street in the morning and put it back in the afternoon. A little bit of kindness, a small act of generosity, something that only takes a minute or two, just might mean the world to someone—and you might be surprised at how much it means to you, too.

photo credit: Cristian Bernal | townhero via photopin cc


4 thoughts on “what can i do?

  1. I am so glad that you are back, Viki. I love your quotes and inspiration. I needed to come back to this blog today. On a related note, I think that you will enjoy this blog here: http://inspiredtype.wordpress.com/ The lady has not posted anything since December of last year, and I really do hope that she will return sometime soon to continue posting the beautiful images that she puts up (and makes herself, she is a very talented graphic artist), but in any case, I do believe that you will enjoy her blog and her images very much, which are still available to look through and share, even though she may never post another one again…Sigh!
    I love your blog. Long may you continue to be here and serve as a wonderful inspirational source for all of us on the WordPress blogosphere! Keep up the excellent work, Viki, and I will continue to read it. *hugs* :)

    • Thank you, S.O.—both for your kind words and for the link to the Inspired Type blog. I took a quick look, and I love what I saw—and will definitely return to spend more time with her images and quotes. I’m so glad you’ve found some meaning in my “random thoughts and inspirations”…I’ll do my best to keep them coming! :)

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