Just because your life has been impacted by a chronic condition doesn’t mean that you can’t contribute in very meaningful ways. So below are 10 things you can do that will make a difference.
• Write elected officials (politicians) to move your issue forward. This is really helpful when trying to get legislation passed. Don’t e-mail or call but rather hand write your letter, once a month in the following manner
- Paragraph 1: Show your appreciation for what they are doing, even if it’s to recognize they have a tough job
- Paragraph 2: What’s on your mind-attack the tactic not the person
- Paragraph 3: Give them solutions/exit strategy
- Paragraph 4: Nurturing agent If no one is providing you this information, let me help.
- Signature: You identify yourself as a volunteer, person living with a condition etc. This can show your political sphere
Send the original to the district office with a copy to the main office.
• Interact with people from different cultures. The more you know and understand how others live, the less you are likely to be critical and the more accepting you can be.
• Share Positivity. Yup, whether it’s Facebook or the nightly news, “if it bleeds it leads,” so start sharing the positive things that are happening in your life and the world around you.
• Reduce the Pollutants in Your Life: With only 2% of the earth’s water drinkable, see what you can do to reduce the amount of nasty chemicals you put in the water such as pesticides, paint, hair dye, non-biodegradable laundry detergent, toilet bowl cleaner etc. Even if you live in a municipality where the water is filtered, a lot of toxins can leak into the soil.
• Help Others: Do it with no expectations
• Pay it Forward: Put a smile on someone’s face by paying for the next person in line’s coffee, slice a pizza or something else. Random acts of kindness are wonderful and you can completely change the day for someone by doing this.
• Be a wise consumer
- Know who you are buying from and what their company stands for. There is even an app to help you do that-Shop Ethical. Of course grocery shopping at your local farm stand helps.
- If you have investments, know how your money is being used.
• Donate/volunteer for a cause of your choice