Leave it Better Than You Found It

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank

One of the things I learned as a Junior Girl Scout was “leave it better than you found it”. That applied to our campsite, our meeting place, anywhere we were. We picked up trash, straightened supplies on shelves and cleaned up the mess hall.

Later, that ingrained philosophy led me to return grocery carts to the store, pick up trash in ladies’ restrooms and hang fallen clothes on shop racks.

I discovered that it also meant I should try to improve the lives of those around me. A quick smile, a soft hello or a listening ear seemed to be appreciated by those I met throughout my days. Often, a hug or a gentle tap on the shoulder conveyed my compassion and empathy. I learned to share these small tokens of acceptance and encouragement with everyone, not just people I know.

Inevitably, as I shared these small gifts with others, I also improved myself. I am becoming what I aspire to be, totally rooted in love, knowing that love is humble, not easily aggravated or short-tempered.

Improving the world doesn’t necessarily mean a great invention or mega-idea. It’s the small daily tasks, done well, that make a difference. It’s sharing yourself and connecting with others, that blesses both.

May your day be blessed with exceeding abundance and joyful peace.

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