Choose to get outside your bubble

by Erin L. on May 12, 2014

There are many, many things in the world that deserve our attention.

Whether it’s war torn countries, children starving across the globe or in our own backyard, illnesses, #bringbackourgirls or a multitude of other serious things, there is always, ALWAYS  someone that needs our help.

It’s overwhelming.

I want to help. I want to make a difference, however small it may be, but how? How do I choose between ALL. THE. THINGS?

It’s too much sometimes. I become paralyzed and do nothing.

Which is the worst thing.

I crawl into my bubble that is my life, my family, my city, my world. I react to only what is directly in front of me, all the while a little voice is saying “you can do more, even if just a little.”

Years ago, I volunteered with the Make a Wish Foundation, then I joined the Junior League of Raleigh and worked with kids in the school system. I donated to a few different charities and felt I was playing my part. You can’t take on the weight of the world, but you can pick and choose and DO SOMETHING.

Then I had kids. Raising them became all encompassing and consumed all of my time.

I stopped doing something. Sure, I wrote checks out to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and donated clothing and household items to our local rescue mission, but it didn’t feel enough.

It was a silly thought, feeling enough. Each individual can make a difference that matters, no matter how small or insignificant the action may feel.

We can all make a difference, on a local level, on a global level. We just have to choose.

That’s right. We need to make a choice.

It can be so easy to let the vast amount of wrong in the world choke all the air out of our lungs and leave us motionless. But we need to push through, move forward and CHOOSE.

Do you choose a local organization, like a food bank or local hospital? Do you pick something on a larger scale like CompassionSole Hope or Vitamin Angels?

I am in awe of what some of my fellow bloggers are doing to make this world a better place. Sometimes I let the inadequacy seep in, but I need to make it stop. This is about me, what I can do, what I can manage.

Choose what speaks to you, what calls out to your heart, feeds your soul and be okay with it.

What you can do is ENOUGH. Whether it’s time or money, it’s enough.

It is.

You just have to get outside your bubble and choose.

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1 Kelly {the Centsible Life} May 15, 2014 at 3:06 pm

LOVE this. I need to remind myself of this as well. I’m in awe of what our community can and has done.

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2 Melissa {Blog Clarity} May 16, 2014 at 11:26 am

Such a great reminder, Erin! I used to be the Marketing/PR Chairperson for a local non-profit. I am volunteering on our church’s communication board now, but feel the desire to do something more. Loved the organizations I met at Mom 2.0. Thanks for the nudge!

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3 julie May 21, 2014 at 12:32 pm

but sometimes it can be within your bubble, too. Right nearby, there may be a local family in need. Or a soup kitchen that you and your kids could deliver a few boxes of cookies to on an afternoon for a special treat. Or ask at your preschool–they always know what’s needed in the community and at the school.

Sometimes it can be that easy.

That’s not to say that we shouldn’t look outside our bubbles for opportunities beyond, but it’s good to remember that there are opportunities nearby that are often overlooked and don’t receive the press because they’re small.

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4 Erin L. May 22, 2014 at 10:58 am

So true Julie. I was really looking at my bubble as what is directly in front of me. If it doesn’t affect my family, I don’t always see it. This is just my reminder to get out of that space and do what I can, no matter how big or small it may be.

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