I’m a big fan of the DailyOM – a daily inspirational email delivered to my inbox. The messages are always educational as well as uplifting, and I use them to help center my thoughts and energy in a positive manner. Today’s email – which I’m quoting parts of below – gave me a great way to start my week, and I want to share it with you. Each day, each week, each month, each year of your life gives you opportunities to make great starts. Each Monday, for instance, I make a great start by attending meetings of the Sunrise Rotary club here in Norwich, Connecticut where I live.
Meeting with a group of positive, community-minded and yes, inspirational fellow members always helps get my week off to a great start. Find that something – an inspirational message, music, books or meeting with people – to help you kick off your week in a positive way.
A Good Turn Daily by Madisyn Taylor
We can all vow to make the world a better place one day at a time by being our true authentic selves.
Each of us is more than capable of helping the world, despite our fears and limitations and the uncertainty that holds us back. It is commonly accepted that it is impossible to make a difference without unlimited funding or free time, yet most healing, cleansing, and spreading of joy is accomplished in a matter of minutes. If we vow to make the world a better place one day at a time, the true significance of small good deeds reveals itself to us. We come to see that we can be of service without dedicating our lives to recognized charities or giving up the pleasures we enjoy. The warmth we feel when we help the world is only a tiny part of the affirmative transformations that take place when we make altruism a part of everyday existence.
It’s interesting to me how much power we have as individuals without really recognizing or experiencing it. Making a vow to make the world a better place – even if it’s only the “world” within the reach of our hands, our physical beings, or our travels throughout the day – makes a difference!
We make our homes, workplaces, communities, and countries better and brighter when we think positive thoughts that echo outward, give donations of time or money, smile at everyone we meet, and lend those in need of aid our assistance. As we learn, we inadvertently improve the universe because we can only be truly involved when we are informed. Even enthusiastically sharing ideas with others generates positive energy that then serves as the motivation for more tangible change. Selfless and helpful deeds remind us that we exercise some degree of control over a world that can seem chaotic at times. Even the smallest of such deeds is a demonstration of the fact that we are capable of changing the world in a positive way. So much negative energy is generated by the suffering, pain, and close-mindedness we are regularly exposed to, but we can counteract it in a constructive way by thinking and acting altruistically when opportunities to do so arise.
Don’t let a chance go by to make your home, workplace or community a better place, and that will, by extension, make our country and our world a better place. Perhaps you sharing your enthusiasm about something good you’ve accomplished, a task you’ve completed, or the random act of kindness you performed will lift the spirits of those who hear it, and inspire them to perform their own positive acts.
Helping the world often takes no more than a moment, just a wish for the world is a beautiful gesture and can be done by even the busiest of people effortlessly. The gift you give each day need not be grand or attention-worthy because the broader benefits are the same no matter the literal repercussions. Once a day, you can affect reality, and you can reap the rewards of knowing that you are making the world a better place, day by day.
Expressing positive wishes for our world are great – the energy we put behind those wishes is even better, and putting physical work into making the world a better place is even better still. I believe that we can affect reality multiple times each day – and by doing so, we maximize our ability to reap the rewards from those positive actions, energy and thoughts.
Start your week on a positive and powerful note – enhance your own self-esteem and self-confidence, do the same for others, take intentional steps to make yourself healthier, stronger, and happier, and then do the same for others. Even if you’re not quite sure that what you are doing will have a long-lasting effect – do it anyway, because being positive and happy for a few minutes will often extend into hours, days, weeks and more!