It was so nice to see my kids eager to help too as they rushed to get their shoes on. It warmed my heart to see their joy at getting to be helpers to someone other than me or their dad.
We are wired to help. We are driven to find a purpose. And study ofter study has shown that even doing small good deeds for others increases our mood and joy.
So let's get helping! There is no shortage of people in need between the pandemic, fires, heat waves, evictions and the normal everyday plot twists that can come out of nowhere. Reach out in your area. See what the local shelter needs. Call the nearest church, whether you attend or not, and ask if they have any outreach projects going on and what they need. Listen to the news or reach out to the Red Cross and see what supplies are needed for the various natural disasters.
The first step may seem scary. What if they ask for something you cannot give? What if it takes more time than you have to give? If you worry about being able to set boundaries then write down what dollar amount or amount of time you feel you could contribute. If they ask for something beyond that, simply say "this is what I CAN offer." I guarantee they will be grateful for whatever it is you're offering. And you will feel the joy of helping.
I'm grateful to get to help today. I'm grateful for something as simple as batteries that I can fix. I'm grateful to know a building has air conditioning against the heat of the day all from this small task. I'm grateful to take my two little helpers along. I'm grateful for their eagerness to help. I'm grateful for wonderful friends and clients that serve our community in powerful ways and tell me what they need so I can see if I can meet those needs.
How can you help? How can you give yourself the gift of this joy?
May today remind us that we are all on one Earth together. May we help each other up and know someone would do the same if we need. Have a beautiful day!