Recently, I wrote two separate posts in my original blog, “That’s Another Story”, about two comments that have been on my mind and in my heart. The first comment was made by a man who used to be homeless. When he was asked how he has been able to maintain housing these past two years, he responded earnestly and simply, “Every day, I do one thing to make tomorrow better.” The second comment was made my daughters’ dentist. She shared with me that one of her New Year’s resolution’s is going to be to “do just one thing each day to help someone else out”.
On a daily basis, in my current job at a day shelter for homeless men, I witness how the smallest of gestures, such as a warm smile, a gentle touch, a moment taken to listen, a kind word, genuine praise, etc., can have a big impact on the lives of others. I also know firsthand how when I take the time to do something positive and healthy for myself, such as exercising, getting enough rest, eating well, listening to music, writing, etc., that I feel better mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Whether grand or small gestures that you do for yourself and/or others, I truly believe that each of us have the ability to change our lives and the lives of others in a positive manner.
Originally, I planned to launch this new blog on January 1, 2013, but somewhere along the way to seeking happiness and enlightenment, I remember reading that the best time to start a New Year’s resolution is actually before the New Year. So, on December 1, 2012, in addition to posting on my original blog, I will begin to post on “Just One Thing Each Day”. At first, I was going to embrace a series of self-imposed rules and guidelines for this experiment in living intentionally to change myself and the world, like not doing the same act of kindness/goodness more than once and having to offer help to a different person or group every day, but then, I realized that if I can do just one thing to help myself and others each day, that matters more than if I have done that action previously or helped the same person or people. It always is the right time to do good in the world, so, I am keeping it simple, although I have a feeling that it may not be as simple as it appears. Sometimes, doing the right thing can be challenging.
So, there you have it, and I certainly hope you will consider joining me in this venture at some point. Stay tuned as I post about what one thing I do for myself and for another person or group each day.