How to Make An Impact on the World Even If You're Broke/Busy

Okay, so originally I was going to make a cute little vlog since I haven’t done one in a while, but then I got a migraine (story of my life). After that, all I could do was lie on the couch and make Chris bring me Special K with Red Berries, so the video will have to wait. In the meantime, I’m creating this short but sweet post for you before I go take some migraine medicine and (hopefully) go off to dreamland, where headaches don’t exist and working out is fun and Ryan Gosling lives below me instead of some guy who plays the bongos at 4 am.

Anyway, I digress.

I’m an emotional person and want to fix everyone and everything. I want to adopt all of the puppies and keep every person eating alone company, even if it’s pretty clear that they’re happy just chilling with their mac ‘n cheese from Panera. I just get emotional and want everyone to be happy and feel loved. Sometimes I get upset that I can’t take care of all the kids who are dealing with bullying, or eradicate all horrible diseases from the world. I feel helpless in a way.

Then I realized this: even small, seemingly unimportant actions can be really, really helpful for the person on the receiving end.

Unfortunately, I don’t have millions of dollars to donate to a school in need. But I do have five minutes to write a former teacher a note telling her how much I appreciate her and how much I learned from her class. For someone who is dealing with rude 9th graders and pressure from administrators, this could probably be a bright spot during the day.

I don’t have room in my house for every stray animal in the world, but I can take five minutes to welcome a new neighbor who just moved to the area, making sure that she feels comfortable and has help if she needs to find a grocery store, doctor, etc. Is this a major, life-changing action? Probably not. But it may really help that person feel less alone as she gets adjusted to her new environment.

One of my good friends from high school recently lost a lot of weight and is now really healthy. She looks amazing. In my head, I always think that she looks amazing, but I’ve never said anything. Chances are that maybe other people are doing the same thing. Time to take three minutes to text her and tell her that her hard work is paying off.

Next time you’re feeling hopeless/useless/overwhelmed by a case of “the feels” (emotions), it’s time to take a few minutes and do something small but meaningful for someone in your life.

What have you done to easily brighten up someone’s day?

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