Living on Purpose: How Are You Helping Others?
In a 1957 speech in Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. Martin Luther King told his audience: “Life’s most persistent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” It was a motto that Dr. King lived his life by, and even years after his passing, it can still serve as an example. There is a lot of wisdom and happiness to be found by helping others.
It isn’t always easy. Though we’re told it’s better to give than to receive, giving can often make us feel worn out and even worse - taken advantage of. Here are some ways we can give and feel good about it:
Find something you love and share it.Whether it’s art, music, bike riding or skateboarding, chances are you’re passionate about something. Share it with others. Your love will show through and make the effort more genuine and more fulfilling.
Give to organizations you believe in.Giving for the sake of giving often doesn’t bring us any happiness, but giving to an organization we believe in can lead to a profound sense of accomplishment. We actually feel like we made a difference rather than just checking off a box.
Share in ways that fit you the best.Not everyone is a great public speaker or is at ease going door to door to raise awareness. You don’t have to be. Contribute in a way that makes you comfortable. If you’re a writer, then write. If you’re a coach, then coach. Find your niche and pursue it with passion.
Dr. King believed in serving his community, so honor his memory this year by helping others.