Recently I watched a TV series which featured the work of the lifeboat crews that protect the coastline of the British Isles.
The crews are almost entirely made up of volunteers. These men and women give up their free time and risk life and limb, to help people in danger.
Countless lives are saved every year through their actions. The crews are ordinary people choosing to do extraordinary things – true everyday heroes.
I doubt the average person has such an impact on someone else’s life, on a regular basis. I know I don’t. Sometimes, it feels like we can’t make a difference. There are so many bad things happening around the world. What is the point?
But then you see a story about a 14 year old girl whose petition convinced a supermarket giant to stop selling eggs from caged hens. Changing the world, one step at a time.
Signing a petition means you can add your voice for causes that are close to your heart. Or maybe your next door neighbour would appreciate seeing a friendly face every now and then. So if we can’t change the world, maybe we can change our corner of the world.
Charities and good causes are always looking for volunteers. It’s more rewarding than just giving a donation, but that can help too.
If you don’t have the time to get involved yourself, you could use your social media influence to get the message out to those that do. Doing something, however small, is better than doing nothing.
Maybe you could clear out your closet and donate those shoes you regret buying. Who knows, it may help to buy another lifeboat. And then you and everyone else involved can join the ranks of the everyday heroes too.