Light Up the Dark!

I had an idea spring to my mind a while back. An idea for something I wanted to include in my blog as well as in my life.
Service has always played a very important role in my life. Whether I have been on the receiving end of it, or on the giving end. Service has blessed my life in so many ways.
I decided to start a mini segment on my blog that I hope to do once a week. Just a post about serving others. I hope to inspire many to view the world through a different set of eyes. I strongly believe in the power of serving others. It will change your life. Life is busy, but I feel that when we take the time to notice the needs of others and to help them along....our burdens feel lighter.

"When you dig another out of their troubles, you find a place to bury your own. ~Author Unknown"

So this thought to blog about serving others has finally broken through my heavily busy brain, and I have entitled this blog series:

I would like to post one thing per week, that I have done, or someone else has done that "lights up the dark"! These acts do not need to be grand or what you can.

"It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little - do what you can. ~Sydney Smith "

With all of the bad that goes on in the world around us, it is nice to hear about the good also. I am beginning a "light up the dark" time at the dinner table with my kids. I want them to think more about others, and how they can improve the world around them through small and simple acts. I will be encouraging them each morning to actively seek out something they can do to serve another person, and then we will talk about it at dinner. This is not to "boast" about the great things we have done. This is to inspire eachother.
I'm sure many of you are already doing so much for others. If you ever feel like joining in on lighting up the dark, leave a comment with something you have done, or has been done for you.

My small act this week:
Leaving my loonie in the grocery cart.

A very small thing to do, but I do it frequently. I know a loonie doesn't seem like such a big deal, but here were my thoughts on it. It will brighten someone's day. Whether it be a person who didn't happen to have a loonie to get a cart but now they do, the guy who works there collecting carts gets a small tip, somebody could really use a little more cash, the person who thinks it's their lucky day for finding this small treasure, etc...

Check out this video about how change was made with just a dollar....small things matter!

What are you going to do this week to improve the world around you?

I am dedicating this series to a couple who inspired me throughout my younger years with their consistent acts of service. Even though I have not seen them for a very long time, their example still resonates. I dedicate this to Bob and Vivian Holt. You touched my life!


Just4uPhotography said...

Awesome idea Angela!

I know My husband and I feel good when we give our change(not always a lot but usually at least a couple dollars) to a homeless man that we see usually twice a week,with a sign asking for change for food. It's not a lot but I think every little bit helps :)

Vivian said...

What a great idea! And loved the video. I try to live with that in mind that when we are in service of other, we lose ourselves and every other problem and worry all of the sudden doesn't seem as bad.

Neener said...

I knew it was vivian and Bob Holt. They are so wonderful. I enjoyed getting to know them so much. They loved and served our family in so many ways, even at the passing of my little Tanner.

I love your post.
I am hosting a single mom and her two baby children stay with us until her divorce so she can move back the the USA. I love service, it humbles us, gives us a better frame of mind and it is doing gods will.

Angela from what would angela do? said...

Thanks for your comments. It is so great to hear about the good others are doing in the world :)

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