This has been a bad year for those of us who fight with depression. Pop onto ANY social media site, and you’ll be bombarded with EVERYTHING wrong with the world. There are billions of people who are hurting, starving, and in desperate need of help.
Every. Single. Day.
It is estimated that 1.2 billion women (globally) do not have access to feminine hygiene products due to poverty . Yes, in MANY parts of the world, including the United States and Britain, pads and tampons are classed as “nonessential luxury items.” Really? In the 21st century? Half of the humans on planet Earth are female and we’re still pretending that women don’t have menstrual cycles—periods—that it’s not a natural part of life?
Honestly, it can be overwhelming! One person can’t “fix” the world. One person is a drop in the ocean! However, one person can help another person. One person can be kind to those around them. One person can do good in their immediate circle of influence.
Over the past few years, I’ve made giving a regular part of my monthly budget. I can’t give much, but can give something. I’ve simplified things by setting up automatic payments to the charities I trust. I also started giving to Kiva, a charity that loans money to those in need so people can help themselves.
I’ve been giving to Kiva since 2016. You make a loan, the person pays you back, and you take that money and loan it to someone else! Again, I can’t save the world, but I’d like to think I’ve made a difference in the lives of those I’ve helped.
If each of us tried to be kind to just ONE person, think of what could be accomplished! We all have our own strengths. Perhaps we aren’t financially capable of giving much, but maybe we could still do SOMETHING. Perhaps something as simple as shoveling an elderly neighbor’s driveway.
ANYTHING is better than sitting at your computer/smartphone, whining about everything wrong with the world. Perhaps we could ALL make a point of doing SOMETHING—to become part of the solution—in the new year.