“Try to leave this world a little better than you found it.” Robert Baden-Powell, Founder, Boy Scouts Association
We all experience times that specifically touch our hearts and evoke a certain level of empathy and concern for our fellow human. Some are particularly disheartened by the thought of animals without homes, many experience heartache when they pass a homeless person on the street, and others find a special kind of sympathy for children undergoing medical treatments at such a young age. Personal experiences in our lives often draw us close to a specific philanthropic cause and give us a unique drive to improve the circumstances of others.
Even though we have such strong emotional responses to the needs of others, finding ways to help remedy situations, especially the suffering of others can be challenging to say the least. We all can identify and sympathize with these problems we encounter but need to take the extra step toward resolving the issue and finding a path forward.
At the Melvin and Bren Simon Foundation, “We are guided by the conviction that, for those able to provide it, such support is not a matter of generosity. It is a core responsibility.” As our mission statement reflects, and as I wholeheartedly believe, if we have the means to make the world a better place, then we have a responsibility to do so.
To take the leap forward, it takes the first step. Find the cause that’s close to your heart, the societal problem that makes you feel like the world should be different. Are you thinking about the problem? Can you imagine it in your mind? Don’t just reflect about how you want it to be different, go do something to improve the circumstances of others. Whether you donate money or your time, make a concerted effort to help leave the world a little better than we found it.
2015 has just begun. What will you do this year to make things better?