Start Right Where You Are
Many of us think we'll start doing things when we get older, wiser, get a better job, a bigger house, a more permanent community, or reach some other milestone. But where better to start than where we are right now?
If we keep putting off action, we might never act at all.
We don't have to wait for more money to be in our banking accounts or more open time on our calendars. We can start right here, right now.
No matter what we have, we have something to give.
The place between your two feet at any given time is your mission field. - Danielle Allen
Do you have an hour this week that you could give toward a coffee date with someone who just needs a listening ear? Do you have twenty minutes to shovel a neighbor's sidewalk or driveway? Do you have five minutes to get to know your coworker better and make them feel loved? Do you have five or ten dollars you can give to a charity you believe in? Do you have food or clothing you can donate to those who desperately need them?
Even if you think the only thing you can do is small in comparison to what you want to be doing or compared to what others are doing, that doesn't mean it isn't important. Every act of kindness, compassion, love, and service is important. There's no shame in starting small.
ON BEING ENOUGH
It can be easy to think that we're not enough. We're not old enough, not wise enough, not important enough, not connected enough, you name it. But let me tell you, we are enough. You and I, right here, right now-- we are enough.
We don't have to wait until we're older, smarter, richer, or more influential to start loving, helping, and acting. We have so much more than we acknowledge. We all have skills, resources, and voices. We have the capacity to love and care for those around us, no matter what else we do or don't have. We are enough.
We've all been given gifts and talents that we're meant to share with the world around us. And we don't have to wait until we cross some arbitrary starting line to begin using them. Maybe we can't do everything we want right now for some really valid reasons, but just because we can't do everything doesn't mean we shouldn't do something.
So, start small. Start today. Pick one thing to do for someone else-- not because they have something to offer in return or because you'll be acknowledged for your kindness, but just because you have something to offer and because you can offer it. And then do it again tomorrow. And the day after that, and the day after that. Make whatever difference you can. Talk to others around you about coming together to do good things in the world. You may not be able to change everything, but you can change something.
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Small Steps to Living Life On Mission by Danielle Allen, One Foot Coaching