You can’t just point fingers at others hoping for positive things out of people if you aren’t putting in your part to make it happen as well. Ellen DeGeneres says “We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that”. I chose the alternative opportunity rather than the dinner at the actual village. However, as I was hand packing lunches for the veterans that Thursday it started to weigh on my mind the difference in between talking about change and making change.
With the original scheduling being from 3:30-5 pm I was just expecting to be there until the 5:30 lecture we had but we really finished packing roughly 30 full lunches in maybe 30 minutes. This was another thing that made me consider how quick and easy what I had just done was but how much more it meant to the veterans that receive them. With all the free time we consume in a day perhaps we should start using our abilities to help with little things that make the big differences.
Touching back up on the whole not pointing fingers idea I mentioned in my opening, it all starts with me. However, I believe that very minimal things would change throughout each individuals’ schedules if they set time aside whether it be 30 minutes or 2 hours per day to make an impact. I also think others should find a way to contribute not just for the extra credit or the goodwill of it but more importantly for the self-satisfaction.