I've spent a lot of time talking to one of my social-media-turned-besties, Natalie, about getting involved and giving back. I've always enjoyed being involved, but I've come to realize that "involvement" is not the same thing as "giving back."
From high school activities to a sorority in college to joining the JLB three years ago, I've been involved in organizations most of my life. But it wasn't until about six months ago I realized that I wasn't really giving back. I was there, I was doing. But I wasn't giving.
I enjoyed being a part of something that was helping the community, something bigger than myself and my own little world. But at the end of the day, I still felt empty.
In my many conversations with N about the topic, I've realized that it's in the heart of the giving that changes the lives of others. It isn't about me wanting to feel good; it's about doing something for others to help make their days a little brighter.
I've always felt like I had to do something big to make a difference - help build a playground in an under-served area of town, donate money, etc. Those things are nice, but they aren't what makes a difference in the every day.
Bringing cupcakes to an office assistance just because. Taking baked goods to the local fire station on a random Thursday just to say thank you. Leaving a nice note for a neighbor.
That doesn't mean I'm going to stop being involved on a bigger level, but I'm making it a point to really focus on giving back to those around me every day. Giving kindness can never be a bad thing, right?
This post is part of the 31 Days of Intention series. You can see other posts in this series here.