Can we do more for others?

Hello everyone, I do hope you’re well.

It has come to my attention that a lot of people seem to be reliant on material things to make them happy. My children seem to be growing up in a want,want,want society where having the latest fahions and being able to take the perfect selfie seem priorty. It seems like nobody cares about the bigger picture and are becoming more self absorbed than previous generations. Don’t get me wrong I love being able to have a nice shiny smart phone and the odd new pair of jeans every now and then but it if I am honest they don’t make me happy, my tangible objects do not define my ultimate happiness.

There are few things that make me feel ultimate satisfaction including the love from my friends and family, being a parent, having a nearly pain free day and acheiving well. If I have a roof over my head, food in the cupboards, some sort of warmth and social interaction with others to combat lonliness I am gernerally pretty content. I don’t ever really ask for much and I don’t feel I am ever deserving of anything more than I have. But what happens when someone doesn’t even have the ‘basics’ in life. I have gone many a night not having heating, feeling like a polar bear in the Arctic Circle with blue lips to match and it is not a feeling I’d wish on anyone. I have nearly lost my home and have been penniless many a time to the point I’ve needed the help of others just to put food on the table for the children. In those instances I was not happy, far from it. I am so grateful to my friends and family and local community for helping me in those situations and I am always one for trying to help pay it back… and forward.

I do not have a lot of money to live off and it sucks but I know that there are others out there worse off than me at any given point. How often do I give to charity in the form of cash donations? Not much if I’m honest. Giving cash is important but being able to meet someones basic needs by donating an extra pack of 33pence pasta from my supermarket shop to my local Food Bank is far more worthwhile when I know the results can be near on instant for another human being. I’ve given blankets, toys and clothes to childrens centres and bought new toys for the childrens ward at the local hospital. It isn’t always objects or money needed when helping others. Often having someone to talk to can be of the greatest comfort for someone in any kind of crisis, even smiling at a stranger can brighten up someones day. You never know if everything could change for the worse, you could be the one needing that stranger to smile at you.the gift of giving

Recieving materalistic gifts in life is so lovely, of course everyone loves to be spoilt at one time or another but one of the greatest gifts is giving, not just giving what is wanted but helping to give and share what is needed. Random acts of kindness make the world such a lovely place to be in and more than enough times requires no money and little time. I know I can’t help the world at once but one step at a time I ould help those around me. It doesn’t matter if I don’t get a thank you sometimes just the thought of being selfless is thanks enough.

So please ask yourself next time your feeling disatisfied about not getting the new phone or dress you wanted :

What will make you happy from within? What will make others happy? Am I doing this for myself? Does it matter if my actions are not recognised by everyone?

Or simply, can I do more for others?



18 thoughts on “Can we do more for others?

  1. Well said. Too many times I see the ‘want want want’ attitude and it’s so nice just being able to help out in little ways, even if it’s just saying hello to someone on the street. Those little things make life worth so much more than the latest phone that’ll be out of fashion in four months time.

  2. I know exactly what you mean, we often do not have a lot of money to spare, so I feel like giving a little accomplishes nothing. But even a little matters. And sometimes what is even better are the random acts of kindness.
    My family had been kind of upside down and I had been feeling pretty blah. So before Valentine’s Day I decided to ‘love bomb’ some friends…I shopped for ingredients and made and decorated 6 jumbo chocolate chip cookie hearts then delivered them. Honestly, getting off the couch to get to the grocery store had been difficult prior, but once I decided to do the ‘love bombing’ I felt motivated. After seeing their smiles, I felt like a rock star. I had made someone’s day, with very little effort. It was a win-win. Not that I was doing it for me at all, but there was a very positive back spin to it!
    Kindness matters!

    1. I’m a firm believer in that it’s the little things in life are the most important. Xxxxx

  3. Great post – I love the food banks and have given to them a few times now. At Christmas they were collecting at our local supermarket and we bought a few extra bits for it. I felt good that I’d done a lovely deed for them and I completely agree that I love knowing that this is going to people who need it. Yes, we don’t have a huge amount of money to spend but we have a house, we have a working heating system and running water. it’s definitely the simple things that matter. Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  4. Such an inspirational post! You have defiantly made me stop in my tracks and think twice. I walked past a food bank in my local supermarket today and didn’t give it a second thought after reading your post I won’t do that next time. We should all do more Random acts of kindness, unfortunatly there isn’t enough people like you in the world. Thanks for your post. I found your post not he #BigFatLinky x

  5. My wife taught me this lesson well. I sometimes become focused on providing material things for my family when really these are so unimportant. A great post with a great message. Thanks for linking up #bigfatlinky

  6. this is lovely. It’s the difference between getting what you want, and wanting what you get. Knowing that I’ve helped someone else, even in a small way, makes me feel a lot happier than any material possession.
    Thanks for linking up with the #WeekendBlogHop!

  7. You’re so right. In the last year I’ve donated my hair to be made into a wig for children with cancer, given to food banks, donated blood, put my name down to be a stem cell donor, emptied my home of coats and blankets to give to the homeless shelter, done a shoebox and probably other little things here and there. Yet I get phone calls and people stopping me on the street asking for monthly cash donations and am made to feel guilty if I refuse. But it’s not the money that helps, that just goes to pay for the big guy organising it. Giving proper donations? They go straight to the ones who need it most and THAT is what counts. Fab post hun xx

    1. Wow Ally! I’m in awe!
      You are totally right about being made to feel guilty. This is something we should be made to feel when we try to help others. It isn’t always about money. Thank you so much for stopping by xxc

  8. I agree. We CAN do more, it’s not should we. We donate food & money to a few charities, not to mention buy food/coffee/dog treats for homeless people. We have more than some so what is the harm or detriment in giving more? Nothing. I have also given blood, donated clothing & time. It’s not always about money sometimes what you really need to do is give some time. It’s funny though, no matter how much we give, material and not, I am always left feeling guilty because you cannot help everyone. And when you say it could to happen anyone, you are right!! Give beans, give blood, give money because one day you just might need it yourself.

    GREAT post.

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