The first option I’ll mention is ideal for those of us who don’t necessarily have hours available to spare volunteering for example. It’s simply helping a neighbour out.
I’ve certainly been on the receiving end of kindness and generosity from those closeby, and I definitely feel good when I have the opportunity to give back a little! How about you?
My second pick is recycling our waste and ideally that includes organic waste. The impact on our direct community can mean the difference between more green space or more rubbish-dump-space.
Next up is a goodie – it’s planting a tree. One of my friends and mentors has often talked about planting a shade tree under which we’ll never sit.
What a beautiful way to pay it forward.
Another option for contributing is decluttering and releasing items we no longer use, although others may find super useful.There are surprisingly large number of places that are happy to receive and recycle – everything from multiple branches of the Salvation Army to classy pre-loved clothing stores.
Lastly there’s volunteering some time that we do have. A cause that’s close to my heart is doing my bit to preserve the endangered native species (birds and reptiles) here in New Zealand.
I go out usually on a weekend day each month, for a 4 or 5-hour trap-checking hike, emptying and re-setting the traps.
Other options might be a soup kitchen or visiting those who are lonely in a care facility for the elderly.
How about you – what lights you up and inspires you to make a difference?
I’m looking forward to seeing you on this week’s #AlivewithFi – see you there!
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner. She’s an experienced practitioner since 1992 in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified Osteopath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, speaker, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, and Health Brand Ambassador.
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