Today more than 10,000 sites will participate in Blog Action Day by talking about Poverty, with the goal being to raise awareness, initiate action, and shake the web.
Though Blog Action Day has been planned for months, it seems like a rather appropriate time to be talking about poverty, since many of our fellow humans are now facing a more dire economic situation than they’ve faced in years, if not ever.
Despite these tough times though, I think it’s important to keep in mind one of the fundamental rules that I try and live my life by: It could always be worse.
Despite how bad things might get for you, keep in mind that there’s always someone who is worse off, and that because of this, you should never stop giving to those in need.
Thankfully, this wisdom was instilled in me by my mother, who would do things like take my family to volunteer at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving Day to remind us that you should always be thankful for everything that you have, because regardless of how much or how little it might be, there are always people around you who will have less, and that if you just give a little bit of yourself, you can help others in ways that you can hardly imagine.
So I guess my tip for this year’s Blog Action Day boils down to what I suggested for the last year’s Blog Action Day as well: Just do something!
Regardless of how much or how little you have, just by doing something for a fellow man that may have less than you can make a world of difference.
Whether it’s donating a few dollars to a microloan, trick-or-treating for a cause, or just volunteering your time to help someone get back on their feet, there are plenty of things that you can do to help those around you, and it doesn’t take a huge financial outlay to make a difference.
If we all just did something, and helped out someone less fortunate, the world would be a much better place, and poverty wouldn’t be the problem that it is today.
And remember, times may be tough, but just like Abraham Lincoln said, “This too shall pass”.