Repeat after me: “If I want to be a millionaire I must help a million people.”
My life isn’t perfect and I’m far from being fiscally rich, but i’m pretty fortunate. That’s why I try to do what I can to help others, give back and be the reason for someone’s smile when I can. However, when I hear about large donations from people such as Akon giving electricity to 600 hundred people in Africa or Will & Jada Smith donating nearly $1,000,000 to the Lupus foundations, it’s easy to to feel like the little things I am capable of doing doesn’t matter. Even the smaller scale random acts such as buying groceries for the person in line behind you or making the payment on a lay-a-way item seems out of reach for people who are barely getting by but has a desire to help someone. And of course, volunteering with some organization is an option but that is difficult if you happen to be someone who has three jobs and work around the clock to make ends meet. It can all be rather depressing thinking I can’t make an impact the way I would like.
I can’t be the only one thinking, “There’s gotta be a way for people like me who aren’t rich in time or money to help others and give someone else a reason to smile.” It’s time we stop thinking that committing random acts of kindness are reserved for the wealthy. Of course, there are many other inexpensive ways to make people smile. Many of them won’t cost a thing at all. For those who are coming up short on the inexpensive kindness acts, I’ve decided to create a short list to get you going. Hope these inspire you to do good.