Sometimes we don’t realize just how good we have it. We’re caught up in our own world and neglect to look beyond ourselves, toward those who may need a helping hand now and then. As I thought about this today I asked myself a few questions and I thought I’d share them with you, so here they are:

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  • When was the last time you went to bed hungry? Not starving, but even just a little bit hungry? There are lots of people in this world who feel that way right now. Maybe by skipping the bedtime snack we’d taste a bit of empathy instead.
  • When was the last time you appreciated our job? I don’t mean loved it – or even liked it – but you were just thankful to have an income to buy food and pay bills? You wouldn’t believe how many people would trade places with you in a heartbeat!
  • When was the last time you told someone how truly proud of them you were? There’s someone in your world right now who is beating themselves up because they don’t think they’re good enough. Call them and tell them, or at least send them a message. You may very well save a life.
  • When was the last time you said “I love you” to someone other than your spouse or child? I’m certain there’s someone who needs to hear that from you right now, and if you think just for a second, you’ll know who it is. You can change tears of sadness to tears of joy.
  • When was the last time you gave someone a hug. It’s the simple human touch that means so much. Giving a genuine, sincere hug, especially to someone who’s not expecting it, can inspire hope, maybe alleviate some sadness or fear, and make someone feel that the world cares again.

Unfortunately, our lives these days are so busy that we don’t often get the chance to consider questions like this. But I believe that people are good and want to do good, so if I’ve inspired just one person to be a bit more thankful, more appreciative, more loving, more open, or more giving, then my time on this earth today had value.


The Challenge

Please, do something today and share it in the comments. Seeing your words will inspire others to do the same.

Make a phone call, give a hug, share some heartfelt words, or make a donation – but please join me in doing something to make a difference today, however small. You’ll not only help someone in need; you’ll help yourself also, because whether you realize it or not, in some way you’re in need too.

I’ve learned what an incredible group of people the Begin with Yes family is, and I sincerely hope you’ll join me in sharing this message to inspire a better world, one small step at a time.

All my love,