We have all heard of the old saying that one hands washes the other, right? And if you have been reading my work you also already know how I preach that you have to give to get, and teach to learn. By now you may have also noticed that I have been hinting at always trying to improve yourself with an eye also on the larger picture of the public good. Well, here is the bottom line: If you do these things I preach, and use your skills to help your community, the indirect result is that what goes around comes around, and somehow, someway, someday, your community will also help you.
We do have a voice in making our world a better place. By helping our community we are going to improve people’s lives and hopefully help move them up in the famed psychologist Abraham Maslow’s triangle of the hierarchy of needs. When people are no longer in need, and thus no longer occupying the lower levels of Maslow’s triangle, then they can actually stop thinking about their own survival and start thinking about others. The next logical step to thinking about others is to wonder how we can help them. This level on the hierarchy of needs and consciousness naturally leads to us being more observant and able to identify others’ needs.
Once we help others move up to a position in Maslow’s hierarchy to where they can now help others, then we have ignited a chain reaction of paying it forward. Imagine how far-reaching this paying it forward could possibly extend if everybody helped at least one other person move up. Imagine the holiday cheer that could be celebrated and felt all year-long. Now, stop and imagine the real impact, both know and unknown, of our one small, but kind act toward someone else in need.
Now teens, go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us. Remember to help your community. And once again, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…