Day 10 of the Positivity Challenge
As we close out on Day 10 of the Positivity Challenge, we have been reflecting on the opportunities that are being presented to us all by the COVID19 crisis to make a difference in people’s lives. And one of the benefits of choosing to be intentional about making a difference and doing good is that it elevates us to see things from a different perspective. Which in turn allows us to rise above the noise and to stay single minded and focused on being dealers of hope at this time.
In his book Intentional Living, John C Maxwell notes that every generation gets an opportunity to make a difference, but the people of that generation have to seize that opportunity.
He reflects on a quote from former US President John F Kennedy – “There are those who look at things as they are and ask, “Why?” I dream of things that never were and ask “Why not.”
For us the why not we envisage is a nation where people recognise the importance of having the right perspective. A perspective that recognises that ‘this too shall pass’ and that in the wait we will do what we can to help each other get through this. Our vision is for a resilient population that is not dependent upon the political leaders and the institutions to see us through but that we will recognise the depth of the power within us and do what we need to, to lead ourselves out of this crisis.
Today was another day whereby we experienced the rewards of being able to make a difference in the lives of a few families in need. Our team witnessed tears of relief and joy, saw the sparkle in the eyes of children as they saw milk and noodles being delivered to their homes and shared exchanges with a mum who was just grateful for the gesture of kindness, that showed up in the form of breakfast.
While some may argue that times are hard and we should all hold on to our savings and not spend unnecessarily– we would argue that spending resources to give to needy families opens up an opportunity to be a part of a system of exchange that cannot be quantified in monetary terms. It’s a system of exchange that is based on the fulfilment that comes from knowing that your actions have had a significant impact on the lives of others. And as you seize the opportunities to do good, you see more opportunities and it becomes a positive cycle of abundance in thinking, doing and being.