I recently read an article on NationSwell that inspired me—the article was about a nonprofit organization in Portland bringing books to the homeless. Ever since reading the article, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.
Pick up any newspaper or turn on the news and you’re bound to come away a little depressed and deflated. This article reminds me that it’s not all “gloom and doom” out there—there’s a lot of goodness in the world, but sometimes you need to look for it.
OCTOBER “SOCIAL GOODNESS” MONTH
I’m most refreshed and inspired when I’m doing something I’m passionate about and helping to create a better world. My blog has been instrumental in this area, particularly my Small Change initiative. However, I want to do more—I need to do more. So, I decided to make October “Social Goodness” Month. My goal is to spend the month creating social goodness in my community. As a practice, I try to do “good” regularly, but daily commitments and life tend to impede the ability to take it further—the month of October serves to change this.
My acts may not be as grand as a bicycle-powered mobile lending library for the homeless, but I will do my best to create bits of goodness and happiness and share my experience on my blog. After all, small gestures can add up to BIG impact. The goal is to put people and our planet first.
While there is certainly something to be said for anonymous giving and doing, Mahatma Gandhi is famously known for saying “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” By sharing my experience, it may just inspire YOU to think a little differently or have an innovative solution to address a need in your community or some of our world’s more pressing problems.
EVERY GOOD CHALLENGE HAS RULES AND HERE ARE MINE:
- I cannot count what I already try to do daily (recycle, reuse, take my tote bag to the store, etc.)
- I have a budget of $35 for the month—money isn’t always needed for creating social impact
- There’s no quota or set number of “goodness acts” I must hit, but instead I need to strive for spontaneity and authenticity
I’m excited to get going and see where this journey takes me. I hope you will join me. Look for an update mid-month.