January 28, 2012

Make a Difference

Wise Ways - Make a differenceBe the change you wish to see in the world

Mahatma Gandhi

When we see an injustice or an imbalance, we’re very good at saying ‘Someone should do something’. We forget to say ‘I am someone’.

As a boat carves its way through water, it leaves a wake of waves that spread far beyond its own path. The ripples extend for some distance-sometimes having an impact as far as the shore.

As we carve our way through life, we also leave a trail. What kind of a trail are you leaving behind?

Have you left a trail of smiling faces—people who have been uplifted, or who have grown because you touched their life? Have your efforts contributed to correcting a wrong?

Do choices you make, moment by moment, make you part of the problems of our world, or part of the solutions?

This is the wise way: to pause and observe the impact you have on your environment and the people in it, and then to take concrete action to leave behind you a trail of positive ripples. This is the way of spiritual intelligence. Let everything you do and say reflect who you want to be.

Wisdom is knowledge put into action.
Jacquie Wise

The Wise Way is to CARE

Concern
Awareness and Action
Responsibility
Enthusiasm

Each one of us can gently influence one individual. Individuals can influence an organisation or a community, and so, gradually, we can influence the world.

Ordinary individuals willing to protest against current practices have stopped wars, prevented damage to the land, and brought public awareness to all kinds of injustices.

It’s consumer pressure (that’s us folks!) that forces manufacturers to make products that are ecologically sound as well as free of cruelty and slavery.

You don’t have to wait to be a hero before you can make your influence count.

All big things have small beginnings, but all small beginnings don’t lead to big things. They need constant small additions as well.

We judge ourselves by our intentions
Others judge us by our actions

We have a choice and we have a chance.
Here are some to the may ways you can make a difference

(Check the links below for more ideas)

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At work/school

  • mentor someone
  • share useful information
  • act with integrity and protest to those that don’t
  • bring soul into management by being an inspiring leader
  • teach/show/recommend…or create opportunities for someone to grow
  • make sure your business is a model of integrity
  • deal only with suppliers and service providers who do no harm
  • organise a group sponsorship at your workplace or school

In your relationships

  • listen with your ears, your mind, your heart, and your full attention
  • mediate a sensitive discussion and heal hurts
  • make time for those you love (including yourself)
  • let people know you are thinking of them
  • show appreciation
  • make a call when your intuition tells you to
  • give someone the benefit of the doubt
  • forgive yourself and others
  • organise social get-togethers and include lonely people

In your community

  • donate blood – save a life
  • adopt a struggling pensioner
  • mentor a child; join the ‘Big Brother/Big Sister’ scheme
  • visit a home-bound person through ‘Do Care’
  • visit a prisoner
  • serve Christmas dinner to the disadvantaged at the Salvos or local Mission
  • become an organ donor
  • support small, independent shops and businesses
  • give gifts that give back. Find out more at: www.karmacurrency.com.au, www.oxfam.org.au, www.winrock.org

For health and wellbeing

  • encourage ‘buddy’ exercise with friends
  • cook nutritious meals and pass on easy recipes
  • help out to reduce someone’s stress
  • donate blood – save a life
  • find ways to bring fun and pleasure into people’s lives and create more smiles
  • offer words of encouragement
  • give a genuine compliment

In your environment and home

  • volunteer or join a committee to make something happen
  • choose products that are cruelty free: think before you buy
  • choose eco-friendly products
  • buy food at farmers’ markets where the food is grown by local producers
  • switch off appliances at the power point to save energy; switch off lights
  • save water with buckets under the shower and kitchen sink
  • get involved in special activities such as Plant a Tree Day
  • voice an opinion: join a peaceful protest, sign petitions, write letters
  • beautify your street: plant flowers and take care of street trees
  • clean up wherever you see ugliness
  • build a sustainable home with recycled materials
  • switch to green power providers
  • join an historical or a national trust society and protect beautiful architecture

With your money

  • do business with banks, shops, enterprises that contribute to a better world
  • buy products that do no damage to people, animals or the earth
  • take a responsible holiday
  • consider a family volunteering holiday
  • instead of buying a gift for someone who has everything, donate on their behalf
  • donate money on a one-off or on a regular basis
  • sell raffle tickets to raise funds for a charity
  • give your cast-offs to charity instead of having a garage sale
  • sponsor a child
  • invest in ethical investments
  • minimise packaging and wastage: think before you throw
  • buy greeting cards, clothing and other products that support communities
  • organise fundraising events
  • sign up your workplace for a joint sponsorship or donation
  • spread gentleness, peace and tolerance
  • gently correct prejudice; don’t add to it by your silence
  • generate meaningful conversations to gently introduce constructive ideas
  • put forward a positive perspective when surrounded by negativity
  • spread harmony with every word and action

Be the difference you want to see in the world. Ghandi

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Information to help you make the right choices

Make a start

There are many ways to get involved, whether it’s by changing the products you buy or volunteering or even by going on holiday!

Volunteering

Thought about volunteering but not sure where to go to find a volunteer role? Here are some options to help you find the best volunteer role to suit you.

A Traveller’s Guide to Making a Difference Around the World
http://media.lonelyplanet.com/pdfs/volunteer-book.pdf

Global Volunteer Network
http://www.globalvolunteernetwork.org

Australian Business Volunteers
http://www.abv.org.au

Volunteering Australia
http://volunteeringaustralia.org

Earthwatch
http://au.earthwatch.org

Volunteer Columbia
http://www.volunteercolombia.org

World Expeditions
http://www.worldexpeditions.com

Overseas Working Holidays
http://www.owh.com.au

Hands Up Holidays
http://handsupholidays.com

Global Service Corps
http://www.globalservicecorps.org

International Volunteers for Peace
http://www.ivp.org.au

Australian Volunteers International
http://www.australianvolunteers.com

Medicins Sans Frontieres
http://www.msf.org.au

Make a difference with the gifts you give

Do you end up giving the person who has everything a meaningless token they don’t want, and driving yourself nuts in the process of searching for a gift? Consider giving something special to your friends and family and something extra special to people who haven’t got much!

Useful Gifts
http://usefulgifts.org

Oxfam
http://oxfamunwrapped.com.au

Kiva – Help an Entrepreneur of Your Choice
http://kiva.org

First Book – help a young reader from a low income family
https://firstbook.org

Changing the Present – training for midwifes and sanitary napkins for girls
http://changingthepresent.org

Nothing But Nets – Malaria prevention
http://nothingbutnets.net

Modest Needs – Payment of emergency expenses
http://modestneeds.org

Make a difference to the environment

Find out how you can reduce your carbon footprint at
http://acfonline.org.au/carbonneutral

Tips and advice on how to make your lifestyle and your home more green
http://acfonline.org.au/greenhome

Get more tips by season or tips by topic at
http://earthshare.org

For information on eco-friendly products
http://biome.com.au
http://thegreendirectory.com.au
http://ecoshop.com.au
http://ethicalconsumer.org

EnviroLink Network (non-profit) is a clearinghouse for environmental information on the Internet. It’s a good starting point for news, information and many links to special-interest sites.
http://envirolink.org

Rainforest Action Network
Aside from information it also has a terrific ‘Kids’ Corner’
http://ran.org
http://ran.org/ran/kids_action/index.html

Greenpeace (also has a Be Green brochure to download)
http://greenpeace.org.au

Friends of the Earth Australia
http://foe.org.au

For hands-on experience in helping the world’s environmental issues
http://earthwatch.org/australia

Is deadly palm oil in your shopping trolley?
http://palmoilaction.org.au

Arbor Day Foundation – reforestation
http://arborday.org

Make a difference with travelling

The Travel Foundation
http://thetravelfoundation.org.uk

Sustainable Australian Travel for Dummies
http://sustainabletraveltips.net

Sustainable Tourism Initiative: Know before you go
http://fco.gov.uk

Tourism Concern: Exploring the world
http://tourismconcern.org.uk

Friends of Conservation: Traveller’s Code
http://foc-uk.com

Responsible Travel – Traveller’s Tips
http://responsibletravel.com

Smartraveller
https://smartraveller.gov.au

Make a difference to the world

Global Vision International
Volunteer overseas on critical humanitarian and conservation projects.
Check out their family volunteering opportunities and responsible holidays.
http://global-vision-international.com

For ethical travel guides
http://responsibletravel.com
http://ecotour.org
http://equitabletourism.org
http://socialresponse.net.au

Stand up and be counted. Add your name to petitions.
http://getup.org.au

Doctors Without Borders – medical kits
http://doctorswithoutborders.org

The Hunger Project – help for a community – like a generator for a village
http://thp.org

Random Acts of Kindness – ideas, stories, education
https://www.randomactsofkindness.org

Make a difference to animals

Cruelty Free products and information
http://choosecrueltyfree.org.au

Make a difference to your local community

To find Farmers’ Markets
http://whitehat.com.au/Victoria/Markets/Farmers.asp

Neighbourhood Watch
Crime Prevention and Community Safety tips
http://neighbourhoodwatch.com.au
Make a difference to people

The Lighthouse Foundation helps homeless young people get back on their feet.
http://lighthousefoundation.org.au

Australian Mentor Centre
http://australianmentorcentre.com.au

Mentoring program for young people
http://bigbrothersbigsisters.org.au

Save the Children
http://savethechildren.org.au

Help Disadvantaged Aussie Kids
http://thesmithfamily.com.au

Teach English and see the world
http://teachinternational.com
http://workinjapan.com.au

International Exchange Programs
http://iep.org.au

Swags for the Homeless
http://swagsforhomeless.org – you can also buy a Backpack Bed for yourself via http://backpackbed.com

Wesley Do Care is a social support service for socially isolated
http://wesley.org.au

Wesley Pet Pals matches friendly dogs and their owners with older people or adults with a disability who would enjoy a visit from someone with a friendly pet.
http://wesley.org.au

Collective of Self Help Groups
http://coshg.org.au

Parenting – Every child is important program
http://www.kidscount.com.au/en/experiences/every-child-is-important

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