If I don't do it...
As a species we seem to have lost sensitivity to the pain and suffering around us. If it doesn't affect us directly we allow it to pass over us like water off a duck's back.
Don't get me wrong. I understand that we can't take on everything. I get that if we don't learn to ignore then we crumble with the weight of the pain. It's okay to pick your battles. Have you picked one? At least one? That you pour your soul into?
I have a question for you... If you don't do it, who will?
Are you prepared to run the risk of nobody standing up for what is close to your heart? I salute the people who have picked a cause and do everything in their power to promote it. For those of you who haven't yet done so, I challenge you to pick one thing that means something to you and devote an hour a week to it. It doesn't have to be a full 60 minutes in one go. It could be 10 minutes a day. It could mean sharing posts on Facebook to promote a welfare organisation or it could mean collecting old clothes and dropping them off at a shelter, or buying a bag of dog or cat food for your local sanctuary.
It doesn't mean you have to spend money. It doesn't mean you have to drive anywhere. Do you have a good reason not to do something?
A quick word to the wise though. I promise you that if you start doing something for others, it will change you. And here's how...
You're going to become more sensitive to those in need. You're going to hurt for them sometimes. Most importantly though, you're going to start seeing less of your own problems as you begin to focus on something that fulfils your soul.
When you reach out to someone (one two legs or four) you create a space within yourself that becomes filled with love. Usually it's that space that has felt empty for so long.
I can't promise you a medal. I can't promise you fortune and fame. I can promise you a space inside yourself that is filled with warmth and satisfaction. I can promise you that one day someone will look into your eyes with so much gratitude and so much love that it will stay with you until the day you cross over.
Our success isn't measured in what we accumulate. Our success is measured in moments where we connect with other souls. There is no greater reward than that connection in and of itself.