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Day 77: The Simple Things

My mission with 365give is to inspire people to find ways to do simple things in their lives to give back to the world every day. It’s that circle in my logo that just keeps going around. The never ending circle of support, love and giving.  Today I was presented with one of those GIVES that I could have walked right past but instead decided to stopped and take 5 minutes out of my life to help. It’s not always about money or volunteering hours of time. Sometimes it is as simple as giving to someone that could just need an extra set of hands in one moment of their lives to make that day a little easier.

GIVE 77 / Day 77

My son and I were out walking today and on our way home from shopping. The stroller was loaded with groceries and the walk home is up a steep hill.  I was on a mission to get home as it was lunch time and also my son’s nap time. I had a list of things to get done at home as well as needed time to work.

Nap time for him is work time for me.  It is my opportunity to work on 365give, as well as my paying job and just maybe clean my house if I’m really efficient with that time.  The list of “to do’s” was streaming through my head and just like everyone else and I am always on a mission to get from point A to point B as rapidly as possible. Someone recently referred to me as the jet stream coming from the back of a plane. I move so fast

through each day, thats all that might be seen – a clear white stream left in my wake.

Today as I was walking, I passed a women who had a cast on her foot. She was on her way to her car with a walker. Here is the kicker,  now I had a choice to make. Stop and help her get her walker into her car or just pretend I didn’t see  that she could use a hand and keep speed walking to get home to get all my jobs done !

I chose the later. I stopped to help. She had recently broken her foot and was slowly recovering. I know how this feels as just a few month ago I too broke my foot and know how painful and difficult it is to get around. I stopped and helped her fold up the walker and I lifted it into her car. We had a good chat about some tips on recovery and how to stay both mentally and physically motivated to get well as fast as possible.  She was lovely and grateful for my help.

My son sat patiently waited while I helped her. He remembered when I had my broken foot and how much help I needed. He also remembered when we stopped to help a man who had fallen off his bike just a few weeks ago. At the age of 3 he is completely understanding of the importance of stopping and helping others. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

I am so thrilled I stopped to help this person today. It took so little of my time to GIVE her a helping hand .

I would love to hear your stories about what you did to stop and help a person in your busy life today. We could all use a little inspiration!

Time Commitment: 10 minutes

Cost: 0

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
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“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
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“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)