A Survivor's Perspective

How Can I Make It Better

QUEST FOR EUTOPIA (Or, a journey toward a specific goal to discover a positive utopia)
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We all look at Utopia differently. We all want a great life, with great stuff. Sometimes it’s fame or fortune; sometimes it’s having a big house or great car; maybe a yacht. Maybe clothes or jewelry is your thing.

But can we please look at Eutopia — by looking outside of ourselves. Let us help others, help animals, help the planet, or whatever it takes to make this big ball a better place. If we take only a few minutes a day to look outside of ourselves, we have the ability to make substantial changes on this planet.

A few days ago I posted a quote from Ben Stein: “The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.”

Let’s extend that a little further, “The first step to helping others is to decide how we best can serve.”

If you have great wealth, your ability to help others is endless. If you have a lot of time, your efforts can be immeasurable. But if you are an average, everyday person, what can you do?

Let me give some helpful hints:

I used to work with a woman who took one week of the family vacation and dedicated it to “Habitat for Humanity.” Every year the entire family, including her seven year old daughter would help build new houses for people in need. What a great thing to do and a great way to teach future generations how to give back.

My wonderful Grandmother delivered Meals-On-Wheels to her “old ladies.” (most of whom were younger than she.) My mother and sister carried on the tradition.

Now let’s take a look at what we can do, with limited resources or limited time (There is always a way to help). Take a look at this list:

  • Volunteering at a Soup Kitchen or Youth Center
  • Delivering Meals to shut-ins
  • Donating Clothing to “Dress For Success”
  • Bringing blankets or food to an animal shelter
  • Calling shut-ins, just to say Hi!
  • Sending a thank-you card to a GI or a Veteran
  • Taking a stressed-out coworker out for coffee (well maybe not COFFEE)

The best thing about giving is that the most benefit received is by the giver. Helping others always helps you. So do me a favor and make someone smile today.


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