Life is busy, and it probably always will be. I don’t know about you, but when life gets busy, I kind of duck my head, focus on my own little world, and get done what I need to get done. There is nothing wrong with that, and sometimes that is all we can handle for that moment. I find, though, that if we stay in this mode for too long, we will start to feel something is missing. The feeling of contributing to the world around us, the desire to do what we can to make our world a brighter place. All it takes is a small gesture.
I have found myself in the mode of focusing on myself lately. Much of it has been necessary to get though some work stuff. I have even gotten to the point where the idea of helping other people annoyed me and felt very inconvenient. I don’t like to admit that, but it’s real. I do know, deep down, that I like to help others, it makes them feel good and that good feeling comes back to me. My baby step this coming week to live my best is to get back into the attitude of contributing to other people’s lives in whatever small way I can.
This is going to require me to:
Change my attitude. My attitude has been all about me. Again, that is not all bad. It is important to prioritize ourselves. But I want to enter my day asking myself “what can I do for others today?” Asking and answering that question changes my attitude from solely being about me and brings others into the picture.
Add it to my planner. Because this is a habit that I have gotten out of, it is going to require some effort to make it a habit again. I need the reminder each day to ask “what can I do for others today?” and that reminder for me will go into my planner. This way I will not forget.
Remind myself. Once the busyness of the day starts, I can tend to forget these important things. I have to find a way to remind myself. That might be a post-it note or it might be setting a reminder on my phone. I am not sure what I am going to use yet, but I know I will need a reminder.
Do it and keep doing it. I believe contributing positively to those around us is an important component of living our best life. The more we do it, and keep doing it, the easier it will be. It will become a positive habit in our lives. We can think about it all day, but it is doing it that makes the difference.
Do you feel like you have been focused on yourself a lot lately? Is it time to refocus on the habit of contributing to others? What does that look like for you and how are you going to make it happen? Don’t forget, one small step at a time. We can all do amazing things, one baby step at a time!
Here’s to taking care of ourselves, and contributing to other to make our world a brighter place to live!