After speaking to a close friend who just recently moved to Ghana to teach and lead at a budding school, I was deeply inspired by his story, progress and mission. I have known Clif for over 10 years and one thing about him was that he always wanted to lend an ear, heart or hand to anyone around. He started with those around him. Now ten years later, he has relocated to Africa to help a school get off the ground and bring internet and athletics to a village in dyer need of leadership, hope and options. Clif’s work and contributions have already led to national news coverage, in just a few months time.
I share this story because although Clif is doing extraordinary things in another continent; the root of this great contribution was his desire to help those close by. And, over time his ability to help expanded.
Our own ability to help, contribute and give can expand as large as we want it to be. And it starts with what we do now and what we can do for the people around us. I am not saying take on someone else’s problems as your own, or adopt someone else’s complications as yours, or give $10 to every person struggling on the street; but what I am saying, is that sometimes we forget how easy it is to have a positive impact on others. Sometimes a few words of encouragement, or maybe even no words at all – just listening, could provide the spark needed for someone else to see their current situation from another perspective, an empowering one with choices. Which will make all the difference in the world.
As Mark Twain said, “The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer someone else up”. I would add, that the best way to take your life to the highest of levels, is to help someone else do the same.
“You can have anything you want out of life, if you just help enough people get what they want.” -Zig Ziglar
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