Year of Action | Doing Good

Question: What is your do-good passion?

Do you wish to help fight childhood hunger in America? Do you, or a loved on, have Juvenile Diabetes and your greatest wish is to find a cure? Is your passion to help at-risk youth make a better life for themselves? Does the thought of another child being bullied to the point of suicide make you want to cry? Does your heart want to give back to disabled U.S. Troops? Maybe you want to adopt every single homeless and abused dog (or cat) on the street?

Do you long to do something more; to make this world a better place than when you lived in it?

Then, what are you waiting for? Oh, more money? More time? You don’t know where to start?

I have bad news for you. You will never have enough money or time. Ever.

But, here’s the good news: there is something you can do now to start you on your path of doing good.

I mean, as in, RIGHT NOW.

You only need to take one step. Start somewhere. Anywhere. Don’t think of everything thing that would need to be done. That can be scary and paralyzing.

You only need to do this one thing: Decide what your Year of Action for 2014 will be.

Then, commit to it. (Okay, that’s technically two things. Whatever.)

How easy was that? And they say the first step is always the hardest. Don’t you feel empowered? Go you!

Do small thingsMy Year of Action is childhood hunger in America. This is a cause I have supported for many years, from organizing food drives, to food collection, to yearly monetary donation. It’s written on my heart.

In this land of freedom, children are hungry. Hunger looks different in the U.S. than it does in Africa. In the U.S. its “unseen hunger”. Americans everyday make the choice between paying the electric bill and buying nutritional food for their family. They don’t know how they will find the money to buy groceries. They rely on food pantries to supplement their groceries. Schools hand out a small bag of food to kids for the weekend, because this may be the only food they get when they are not in school. If you missed it, please read this post to get the facts on hunger in America. It’s not who you think.

Okay, back to your Year of Action.

So, you’ve tackled that scary first step…now what?

Decide how you will give. Are you giving your time, your resources, or your money? Be honest with yourself. If you are not comfortable with volunteering as a visitor for shut-ins at your local nursing home, then you won’t stick to it. It’s not how much you give That matters most.

Ask yourself what are your strengths, personality type, talents, and/or gifts. Use who you are, where you are. Don’t compare yourself to others. Every bit of giving, no matter how great or small, is still helping. You may think your contribution is “too small”, but it is not.

Use your friends. Do you have a friend that you could team up with to combine your talents? Use your friend’s strengths where you are weak. Two (three or four) heads are better than one!

Get creative. Partner with a cause that can use your talents. Sometimes that means thinking outside the box. Check out Random Acts of Kindness for creative ideas to use your gifts to help others.

Take small steps, but think big. You don’t have to do it all at once. It’s like a to-do list. Do one thing, then move on to the next.

Keep it simple, but significant.

– – – Don Draper

Your Year of Action starts now! You can do this.

Tell me. What’s your Year of Action?

***** Linking up at blogs by Christian Women. Please visit these sisters of faith to read their heartwarming stories.

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