I got this crazy idea this past week about creating a business called Mitzvahs, that encourages people to do good things to help each other. The idea behind this company, non-profit, or blog is simply to encourage people to help others. I believe a major problem of society is that we are losing or have lost our sense of community.
How can we help people in these times of economic distress? Luckily, it does not have to involve making a donation, although, certainly if your budget allows, that is fine. I just began reading, God’s To-Do List, by Dr. Ron Wolfson. Page 2 of this book lists some ideas:
- You can call someone who is lonely.
- You can visit a friend who is sick.
- You can read a book to a child.
- You can comfort a mourner.
- You can volunteer your time.
On the same page, in the sidebar, Dr. Wolfson says, “God depends on you to be an angel.” I love that line!
We live in a world divided by politics, ideologies, and divergent religious ideas about what is right and what is wrong. Politicians love the status quo; that is how they keep their jobs. Religion doesn’t make you a good person. It acts as a guide that you can follow that will help you be a better person. The choice is yours. The key to change is you.
You don’t have to be rich to do good. You don’t have to be educated to do good, although if you know enough to do good, you are an intelligent person.
Do some good. Start small. Say “hello” to a neighbor you haven’t spoken to. Ask a friend how his or her day is going. If your neighbor is performing a task, ask him or her if they need help. If someone at a store or coffee shop is short a bit of change, instead of having them break a dollar bill, give them the change if you have it.
Be nice and people will be nice and respect you.