Start With Those Around You

ImageAfter 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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16 responses to “Start With Those Around You

  1. Great post fo teachers….on days when we feel that we can’t do much to change the world, we should just start with those around (and in front of) us!

  2. Kindness extended, received, or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved! “The Power of Intention” by Dr. Wayne W.Dyer
    Thank you for wonderful post, Jeffrey. It is perfect reminder for everyone.

  3. It is so important to acknowledge and help those that are closest to us – as you say Jeff, even just a few words of encouragement or a listening ear can make all the difference. Lifting another’s spirits may in turn allow them to spread the good feeling to others too!

  4. That is one of the most meaningful messages I have read in any blog.Thanks for sharing (and thanks for following my blog too).

  5. I like this a lot. It seems you’re definitely making a difference for people around you- and your work seems to be spreading in its reach and impact. Thanks for the quote, and for becoming a follower of my blog, and for doing what you’re doing!

  6. I love what you’re saying in this article. Not too long ago, a friend wrote a angry blog regarding that whole Abercrombie&Fitch nonsense about the type of people they market to.
    It got me thinking that the problem starts with the parents and what they teach their children to value. We are the model of parenting and life that our children learn from. What if we taught them to value the self-esteem that comes from knowing you made someone else’s world a bit better and brighter rather than what you look like or own? It’s not that I think it’s a shame or a waste of time to own the latest of this gadget or wear the trendiest clothes, but that your greatest satisfaction comes from what you do for someone else. To the person you up-lifted, at that moment, you are the most beatiful sight to see.

    • I love everything about what you just said! Retuning our focus to what we can do instead of what we can get, is both simple and revolutionary!!! Thank yo SO much for sharing that!!

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