Mother Teresa served the leper colonies and poor of India. She dedicated her life to making sure kindness, humanity and health were given and perpetuated. She often had people ask her about helping her, and these are the words she often spoke on that topic.
The best place to offer kindness, humanity and health is at home. We all have lives that involve people, other people with lives we cannot even imagine. No matter how much we think we know, we never know the total truth until someone lets us into their home. So that is the place to start, in the home, office, place of work or factory in which we live. These are the people and locations where we have the power to make life better if only for one person.
Missionaries are sent all over the globe to provide help and support, we can do that without having to walk out of our own front door. We can serve our family, our neighbors, our colleagues, community and even the stranger we stand behind at the check out line. People who need kindness and attention are everywhere. If we truly want to make the world a better place let’s start by doing it within the span of our own lives. Be kind to the clerk, the cranky neighbor, the kid next door or even the person at the drive through window. Treat them with respect, kindness, show them they are noticed and matter. Give them the gift of self respect and appreciation, even if it is only with a smile and a thank you.
Not everyone is called to travel the globe serving the world. Everyone is called to take care of their own world and those within it. Today as you start another day take the time to give back a version of the world you want to receive. Let the words of Mother Teresa remind you that you CAN make a difference in someone’s life simply be serving them right where you live.