February is over and all the Valentines are put away, but we want you to make a commitment this month for a different kind of love. The weather will be improving (eventually), Spring will begin to be in the air more frequently and most of us will begin to venture outside more, take walks, enjoy the sunshine and just seeing more people while we come out of winter hibernation. So how about committing to make a difference by better connecting with those around you.
Heroes and leaders are all remember for the connections they made worldwide; connections that changed people, organizations and nations with love. You don’t have to boycott a bus or make an unforgettable speech to make a difference. You can make a BIG impact in a small way by simply making connections. Follow our quick tip list to connect with others and be inspired.
Connection Tip #1: Be present.
You can’t make a difference if you are not physically or mentally present. According to 11 Simple Ways to Create Genuine Connections with the People Who Make Failure Impossible, “If you never walk through the door … you will never find the surroundings you need. And often times that leads to 99% of the results.”
This is the easiest way to make a small difference.
Let’s take your community for example, several of your roommates have expressed that they would love to learn to play an instrument. All throughout college you played the saxophone and as an adult you joined a small jazz band. You wouldn’t mind teaching others to play, but no one has suggested it to you. Instead of waiting for someone else, suggest this idea to your caregivers and other residents. If they are interested go for it!
Connection Tip #2: Assists Others.
Go out of your way to help someone else. People everywhere, everyday need help in their daily lives. No matter if a teenager needs advice about family issues or a single mother needs extra money for groceries, these are small things that have influence. Check out the Volunteer Match website (http://www.volunteermatch.org) to see how you can give back. From animal care to advocacy and human rights programs you can personalize your search to fit you. Make a change with the things that interest you. If you have limited mobility, you don’t have to rake leaves or lay bricks to make an impact. Craft the search to fit your unique giving situation. You may never have to leave your room.
Take Dorothy Crawford for example. Dorothy is a 95-year-old woman who according to Homewatchcaregivers.com, “ walks with a determined stride … She is busy with her life mission of service to others, to keep NC legislators informed of pressing issues such as affordable health care.” (Follow the link at the bottom of the page to read Dorothy’s full story). Dorothy has an amazing story. But so can you. You can make an impact in your own way.
Connection Tip #3: Engage in new surroundings.
You can’t make a connection if you surround yourself daily with the same people. Meet new people! Talk to someone who has different outlook on life than you! Go somewhere you have never gone before!
Whether you venture to your local library and join a new book club, go to a new place of worship or hop on a plane and visit a far away place, think of all the new people you will meet on your journey. And think of all the great stories you will have to share with others!
So think about it. Make a difference. A “small difference” makes a tremendous impart. Until next time, we leave you with this statement to think about. Your age should move you to share more knowledge, reach more people, be more present, assist more people and engage in more surroundings. You are the world’s wisdom and each good deed you do makes a huge impact.