Often I’ll hear someone talking about how they wish they could solve the many problems in this world. Their concerns sound genuine and heartfelt; “It’s so terrible what’s happening in Africa! Those poor children, I wish there was something I could do.”
They wish there was something they could do, but…
…the money, the time, my family…job, house, school. It isn’t our fault we can’t save the world…just look at our list of responsibilities! They’re the reason!!! We scroll through the archive in our mind, finding countless reasons why we can’t, each a reminder that we have other priorities and obligations that need to be met. We convince ourselves that it just isn’t possible to escape the commitments. It doesn’t take long before we’re using our excuses as a waiver of liability.
Even though we want to help, somehow we’re comforted in knowing that we can’t. It was a nice thought, anyway.
Have you ever thought to ask yourself whether or not that long list of “responsibilities” isn’t really just a fairy tale? A bunch of lies that you tell yourself so you’ll never need to deviate from the routine or step outside your comfort zone? Let me ask you this: if you’re afraid to expand your horizons and challenge yourself to move beyond your comfort zone, are you really living…or simply existing?
When I hear people trying to justify why they can’t [whatever], I think about the people who can, who are and who did. What if Martin Luther King, Jr had said “I have a dream, but…”, or if Gandhi never was the change he wished to see in the world? What if all the people who ever changed the world, hadn’t?
All around us are everyday people doing extraordinary things. Maybe you’ve heard of Albert Lexie, or maybe you haven’t. He earns $10 an hour shining shoes. Since 1982, Albert has donated all of his tip money to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg…more than $150,000. Albert is only one example of countless people across the world whose actions could inspire a nation. Each day people are being the change. They, too, have a dream…
How would your life change if you were to quit making excuses?
Instead of just wishing there was something you could do to help the people of the world, without any excuses holding you back you are free to dig wells in Africa so the people can have access to clean drinking water. If Africa isn’t your thing, you can volunteer at a soup kitchen in your own city and help feed the hungry. Get involved! Don’t waste another moment wishing you could help.
It’s time to quit making excuses, not only for yourself but for the world. We need you!
Thanks for sharing the story of Albert Lexie. I hadn’t heard of him before. What an amazing unselfish act! And how inspiring to think that most of us could easily do something similar if we chose to.
I also had never heard of Albert Lexie. Very inspiring. Gandhi is my idol because like you said, he actually went after what he believed in instead of just sitting back and talking about it. Thanks for all the great articles on here and I’ll be sure to check back! Please check out my blog sometime (bucketlisting.wordpress.com) Thanks!