Weekday Wisdom, Episode 49
Are you contributing to the world? That’s what we’re going to talk about in today’s Weekday Wisdom.
In Episode 40, I gave you a quiz that helped you determine how well you were balancing your life and nurturing happiness. And then I promised that I would go into each of the 16 true or false questions a little more deeply. Today we’re doing a deeper dive into question number nine:
“Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose.
So I give my time, energy, and experience where it is most useful.
True or false?
This question could be interpreted a lot of different ways. There are ways you can contribute to the world for free. There are ways you can contribute to the world and get paid for it. And then there are ways to contribute to the world which are somewhere in between.
I think the key here is, do you feel like you’re contributing to the world?
It doesn’t have to be the whole wide world. You don’t have to be Mother Teresa or Indira Gandhi or the president of the United States or anything big. Sometimes, contributing to the world is something small.
For example, you can be making the world a better place by holding the door open for someone who’s disabled or elderly — or not cutting in front of them when they’re trying to get on the bus. Don’t get me started on that one.
Part of what makes a person content and happy in their life is a feeling that you have purpose, that you’re here taking up space and using air for a reason. And that reason is some form of contribution.
For example, in my life, one of the myriad ways that I make the world a better place is I donate to my church. That’s something I’ve decided I wanted to do and I’ve recently even upped how much I donate monthly. I can’t do a lot of volunteer time because transportation is such a hard thing for me. I take the bus everywhere because I can’t drive due to a back injury.
Another way I contribute to the world is I am a good wife. I support my husband. I lift him up and I praise him. (It helps that he is praise worthy, of course!)
Another way I make a contribution to the world is that I’m kind and polite to strangers. You never know when a smile or a “Hello” can make someone’s day. You look at the world and people have become so insular. And that has really led to a feeling of isolation. And I think that feeling of isolation has led to a lot of misbehavior in the world. So I think that just being kind to strangers makes the world a better place.
I challenge you to look for how you can make the world a better place. Even if it is just one moment at a time.
Don’t box yourself in.
Think outside that box.
Spread your wings and fly.
Because you — yes you — are capable of more than you know.
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I said in my last video, that I was doing an Ask Me Anything event this past weekend. Well, I got some really good questions. So good that I’m probably going to be doing some Weekday Wisdoms around some of them. There were questions I hadn’t thought to ask myself. But they were good questions all about writing a book. So, stay tuned after I’ve finished this series, I’ll start one on how to write a book. So if you have questions about how to write a book, submit your questions to influence future Weekday Wisdoms. So join the conversation and talk to me.