Let me guess.
You want to make a difference.
You want to end poverty, fight discrimination, and obtain world peace.
Trust me, so do I. There’s only one problem with those goals: they’re too overwhelming.
We feel so small and powerless that we stand around and do nothing. We don’t know where to begin, so we become spectators instead of gladiators in the global arena.
We need to act rather than to think. Thoughts without action are nothing but clouds passing by.
All you need is 15 minutes. Have you got that?
How to make a difference in 15 minutes or less
Call a friend. She needs you.
Write a postcard to an old relative. Make them feel remembered, not forgotten and washed away. Show them that they still matter to you.
Offer a homeless person some food (not money).
Apologise. We’re only humans and we make mistakes. To err is human, to forgive is divine. Don’t hold on to anger, bitterness and frustration. Have the courage to forgive someone instead. Feel how much lighter you become afterwards.
Stop a fight; start a conversation.
Smile to a stranger. See how it changes them.
Say thank you. Appreciation fuels gratitude. You start a chain event. There’s nothing like it.
Share an important article (like this one) with the people around you. Create a discussion. Stir a debate. Bring people back to life. Let them know they can do something. Give them hope.
In the words of Gandhi:
If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.
Over to you
Make a difference.
It doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You don’t have to save the world. And you most certainly don’t have to join 45 million different non-profit organisations to pass off as a decent human being.
We’re all in this together. If we all did something small every day (if only for 15 minutes!), we would make a difference.
Your actions matter.
We need you.
It took me 15 minutes to write this article. What small action will you take right now to make a big difference? Please let us know in the comments.
P.S. Need some inspiration? Watch Louis Armstrong sing the classic “What a Wonderful World”:
Flickr photo: Roberto Ferrari