We can’t fix everything, but our efforts still matter.

Please reflect and share. How does this play out in your life?

When we look around us, it can seem there is so much in our society that isn’t working well or is flat out broken. Social and economic inequity, political divide and gridlock, conflict over law enforcement practices, costly or unavailable health care, aging infrastructure, strained and expensive educational systems are just a few of the troubling issues. We don’t like what we see and may be unsure of what, if any, impact we can have on the problems.

When we don’t know what to do, there are a few basic ways we can make a difference. We can start locally with family and friends and in our community. When we lend a hand or an ear as we are able, our caring can change the dynamic of a situation for the better. As we can afford to, we can donate or fund raise for causes dear to us. We also can volunteer our time for local charitable organizations. We can help bring about changes we want to see by researching political candidates carefully and voting for those most likely to legislate our views.

Yet all this can at times, seem futile. There is so much to be addressed that our efforts may feel insignificant. And yes, we cannot fix everything, but that doesn’t mean our contributions are useless. If we can improve the quality of just one person’s life, our actions have value.

Today’s message reminds me that I don’t have to radically alter the world to make a meaningful difference. I can donate time and money, treat others respectfully and kindly, vote regularly, and take any legal political actions that call to me. I also should not underestimate the value of visualization, prayer or well wishing, and creating peace inside myself. When I radiate harmony, it contributes to the well being of the world.

How about you? What do you do to make life better for yourself and others?