Someone recently asked me why I do what I do. I wanted to make sure that I answered honestly and thoroughly so I took half of a day and thought about the question. First of all I wanted to be clear as to what it was this person thinks I do. Their question pertained to my blogging, MS volunteering, writing the book, answering all the questions, tolerating the negative comments, tolerating those that steal my posts, etc.
My answer was short and concise: I must be the change I want to see in the world. I have adopted this quote spoken by
Gandhi and put it into action. I cannot ask anyone to do something I am not willing to do myself. I cannot talk to people about living a healthy lifestyle if I do not. I cannot talk to people about helping others if I do not. I cannot encourage others to give their time helping if I do not give my time. I cannot talk about the Habits of Success if I do not live those habits daily.
I put up with all the hassle, headaches, long hours and aggravation to set the best example I can in hopes that someone will take up my example and go volunteer somewhere and help another human being. That one single act of kindness could begin a chain reaction of events that could lead to incredible results. Or that single act of kindness could stand alone as simply helping one person enjoy a hot meal. I have no idea what the long-term impact of Dream Big will be, if any at all.
I do know that what I do I do because I care enough to do something versus sit around and do nothing.
I do have a sense that this mission I am on is special and the fast growth of our readership shows that others sense that as well. But do I feel this is a mission from God, as this person asked? Not in the usual religious understanding. I shed all religious designations on purpose and adopt a “it is what it is” philosophy. I take action to help and let others define what that means.
Designations detract from the work in my opinion. I love people by trying to help. I love people by volunteering with the MS Society. I love people by giving my money to the homeless. I love people by writing this blog to encourage change. I love people by continuing the many levels of charity work.
And it simply is what it is.
Honestly, I realize that of the 6,500 people who read my blog each month only a handful will actually put principles into place in their life and begin making a difference. Whether it be eating better and losing weight or volunteering at the homeless shelter, if I get 1% to take any type of action I will have succeeded.
So to answer the question “Why do you do what you do?”… I do what I do because the alternative of doing nothing is not acceptable.