It’s only ONE WEEK to go until the big day, and at Lissy’s World we cannot wait. In a season which is all about giving, our topic this week is about how we can all make a difference.
We all have times when things are going really well and we are incredibly happy. But unfortunately this isn’t always the case. If we are sad or lonely sometimes all we need is some compassion or kindness.
This time of year in particular, highlights these issues. Keep this in mind and look for opportunities where you can lend someone a helping hand.
There’s no better feeling in the world!
Take a few minutes today to put a smile on someone’s face. Here’s an idea of things you could do to help…
Sometimes a simple thing like smiling could make someone’s day a little better.
Tell someone how much you love and appreciate them, thank them for something they did. Remind them of their worth.
Sometimes we all just need someone who will listen to us and allow us to vent.
If you see someone broken down or looking lost, don’t just drive by, ask if they need help.
If you have an elderly neighbour, ask if they need help with their garden or their shopping.
Research local charities and find out what you can do to help.
Take the time to teach someone a new skill; your grandma to use a mobile or a co-worker an easier way of doing something.
This could be groceries to a homeless shelter or food bank or clothes and toys you no longer use to a charity.
Instead of buying yourself your daily coffee fix or weekly magazine, perhaps look at using this money to benefit someone else.
Use your voice to help those who aren’t in a position to fight for their rights. Write a letter, start a petition, spread the word.
Now we know HOW we can help, let’s look at some of the reasons WHY we should…
Volunteering or helping out a local club or organization is a great way of meeting new people with similar interests who you may not have otherwise met.
As well as meeting new people, local clubs or organisations are a great way to try something you’ve always wanted to do. Whilst regular courses can be very expensive, volunteering is free!
Doors open when you do new things. Who knows, who you meet volunteering at a charity or event could even lead to your dream job.
And above all else…
There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing, directly, how you have impacted the lives of those around you. Your sense of achievement will lead to a greater confidence in your own abilities and feeling of self worth.
I have a personal story that I would like to share with you…
2 years ago, I was volunteering at a hospital, meeting and greeting the children as a princess and delivering gifts to them. In my time there, I met a gorgeous little girl who unfortunately had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. She had been given just months to live. I was heartbroken for her and her family. But in the time I spent with her, she always had a smile on her face, and her love and compassion for others was abundant.
Her parents thanked me for the time I had spent with her. She loved Elsa and it had been a dream come true for her to meet her idol. I vowed to keep in touch.
Over the following weeks I would send her video messages and face time her as often as I could, in costume. In return I got video messages back from her. Each time, she had a beautiful smile on her face. She was so full of life.
Just after New Year I got the message I had been dreading. She had passed away.
Fast forward a year and I was going through my own struggle. I had no energy or desire to get out of bed. I thought I had no reason to live. Until, I came across a video that she had sent to me; in it she said…
“I hope you’re ok too. I miss you Elsa.”
My message from an angel!
She became my reason to live again. Everything I do now, I do in her memory. At just 6 years old, she taught me the meaning of life.
Life can be difficult and if we all remember to do our part, we can make life a bit more enjoyable for everyone.
Love and Best Wishes