Give Back

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

Booker T. Washington

Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915) was an American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community. Washington was from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants. Washington mobilized a nationwide coalition of middle-class blacks, church leaders, and white philanthropists and politicians, with a long-term goal of building the community's economic strength and pride by a focus on self-help and schooling.

Washington's life was about GIVING BACK.

We can all take a lesson from this.

During a time when we're perhaps more self-absorbed than we should be, we can take a moment to consider another.


Today, I want to challenge you. I want you to think about doing something for someone else. It doesn't have to be big. It can be small.

I can be for a friend. It can be for a stranger.

Sometime today, out of nowhere, and for no reason whatsoever, do something for someone else.

Need some suggestions?

  • Call a friend to say hello. Just hello
  • Take a co-worker a cup of coffee/tea, just because
  • Help a stranger cross a busy street, because you can
  • Carry and/or unload packages for someone having a challenge
  • Spend an extra half-hour on a job, even when not necessary
  • Yield the right-of-way to another driver, because it isn't expected
  • Drop an email to a friend you haven't spoken with in awhile
  • In the drive-through, pay for the customer behind you
  • Make a donation to a service or cause because you have a little extra
  • Compliment a stranger on the bus/subway/train because it's kind
  • Hug someone who looks like they need it

It's not like I'm suggesting you go paint a neighbor's house, or change the oil in their car, or take someone to an expensive lunch, or donate your savings account to a worthy cause...

I'm suggesting a small, yet significant gesture that lets another know that you care.

That's it.

Thanks for being a part of my blog. While I may not say it often, I genuinely appreciate it. Your taking the time out of your busy life to read what's rattling around in my head (and heart), is a real blessing to me.

Writers are often only recognized for their "Big Works" like novels, screenplays, and such. But sometime's it's the little things, like these blogs, that validate our craft.

Thank you.

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