Years ago, when I was taking a course in spiritual growth and development, we learned about a practice called “Focused caring.”  It works like this:
What major issue(s) really tug at your heart?  Is it world hunger?  The environment?  Workers’ rights?  The list is long.

Once you have identified the concern that will get your attention, find one tangible thing you can do to express it.
For example, if your heart goes out to single mothers who are trying to raise their children, while working and doing everything else, you might donate snacks to your local after school program or volunteer two hours per week to help supervise.

Perhaps it’s women who are homeless or getting out of abusive relationships.  Women’s shelters will be more than happy to receive donations from you.  To make it a bit more personal, go shopping for the shelter, instead of simply writing a check.

I think the importance of focused caring has increased exponentially.  There are many needs and they are great.  Moreover, we are much more inclined to feel overwhelmed and powerless because tragic, difficult circumstances around the world are thrust into our faces every day.  Having one or two things we can do will empower us.

There is one huge benefit of choosing a simple thing to do:  If everyone did this, there would be major results!  Imagine, for example, if one person in each neighborhood in America made it a point to say, “hello” to someone he or she sees each morning.  Before long, the one who has been greeted would be more confident and willing to talk to another.  The problem of isolation would be significantly impacted.


If each person in America recycled one bottle that he or she would have thrown away, how much would not end up in a landfill?

If 50% of the people in a town saved pennies to help buy groceries for ones who can’t afford them, how many vulnerable, possibly isolated seniors, children and adults in dire need would have enough to eat?

There is another incredibly positive effect of focused caring.  It is the peace in the soul of the one who is doing it.  When we help others, we are much healthier, body, mind, emotions and spirit.  There are innumerable studies that have found that people who volunteer and share live longer with fewer and less severe illnesses.

What need or issue has your attention?  Decide on one simple thing you can do; start today.

Next, watch for changes as more people join and we improve our nation, one good deed at a time.

Published by lifehelps

I am like a rich tapestry, full of texture and color. I'm a musician, composer, poet, gardener, homemaker and friend. I worked as anLCSW for 22 years; as a socialworker for 26 years all told. Before that, I was a rehabilitation teacher. My passion is to come alongside others; to empower and bless them. That is why you will find plenty of variety in my blog. Two very important things to know about me is that I am a life-long learner - An explorer and sojourner. I also belong to the Lord, before you get tweeked out: I am not saying I am "religious." There is a huge difference between all of the rules and empty practice that often gets associated with Christianity and the kind of life that comes from being in a relationship with the loving God. May you find encouragement, inspiration, insight, good ideas and a laugh or two as you read my posts and comments.

2 thoughts on “SIMPLE THINGS

  1. Another great piece (not sure what to call this). Our community just had a 24 hours of giving. There was a list of all of the charities in Cowlitz County, and people could then call in to donate to the one they were interested in.This is where focused giving would really be helpful.

    1. That sounds excellent. I think one way to come at focused caring is to choose small things, unless a person has been at this a while; then he or she might choose something a bit more substantial…
      The whole point is, we can dosomething about mega problems, one little thing at a time.

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