I Am Loved: 20 Ways to Help the World

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I am loved. And I can make change. Here are 20 ways to help the world.

I Am Loved

When I was in high school, one of the “things” was to wear one of those little “I Am Loved” buttons on your backpack. It was seemingly more important than whatever jewelry you supposedly needed to buy to get one, because the mere idea of teenagers approaching a jewelry counter, where the pins were kept in big fishbowls, was thrilling in and of itself.

I remember desperately wanting one for a time. Because they were impersonal, it wasn’t like you had to get rid of it after you broke up with your boyfriend, yet at the same time it was an uplifting confirmation that flew in the face of high school trauma. I AM LOVED. Declared right there for everyone to see.

As we grow older, we stop declaring ourselves so much. We find our niche, our version of a hidey-hole where we can sow personal seeds and quietly raise our families. We seek out the like-minded, because it is comforting. We don’t quite feel the need to shout I AM LOVED because it is already known by the people around us.

When confronted by what we aren’t used to, things get scary. They might get dangerous. Fear is like a commercial jingle earworm — it roots down in there and takes hold, popping up when we can least expect it. Fear causes us to not tell people they are loved. To not remember that we are all loved by someone. That we are all human.

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The past week has been a test of the heart for many of us. Confronted with fear, we have turned inward even more. But turning inward means laying a mirror within ourselves, and seeing what we are truly made of. What we are truly doing. How we are making sure people know they are loved.

20 Ways to Change the World

Action is one way for me to get through heartache and fear. I made a list of 20 ways to help the world, through volunteering, organizing, and donating. These organizations work to help vulnerable populations, animals, and the planet. Especially as this holiday season approaches, consider helping out where you can.

There are many, many more causes across the world. Choose what you want to mirror.

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