As we celebrate our republic day today I am sure that most of us are filled with sense of pride looking at all that India has achieved so far. At the same time we are aware of how much there is to be done conscious of the fact that we are leaving our children a world filled with enormous challenges. We do want to make a difference. Most of us yearn for a sense of meaning or purpose in life. But even when we start out from a sense of duty, that initial sense of sacrifice often evolves into exhilaration and satisfaction. Our efforts to help others may have a somewhat mixed record of success, but they have an almost perfect record of helping ourselves.
It’s no news that we have problems in our country that need to be fixed. We crib and complain about them, blame the government and the system, and finish off saying the situation is unfixable. How about we stop playing the blame game and try to do a little bit at our end to bring about a change? After all, it starts with you!
Things as simple as throwing garbage in the bin and not spitting on the streets can make a huge difference.
Being environment-friendly can have a huge impact on making our country a better place with better air. Plant a tree, use eco-friendly materials in your daily life, use public transport or carpool, get your vehicles checked for pollution control. There’s so much you can do for this cause with such little effort.
Stop participating in corruption
Don’t accept bribes and don’t give bribes. It’s really as simple as that. It starts with you and ends with you. Bribing traffic cops to get out of not paying that challan, or bribing officials to get that passport or driving license renewed, we all tend to bribe. Yes, it’s true that it’s tough to get things done in this country on many levels if bribing is not involved, but there has to be a start to the change. Let that be you.
Get out and Vote
Every time there are elections around the corner, we see massive campaigns urging people to get out and vote. That’s because statistics say not many people vote. And a good chunk of this is the urban population. Voting directly has an impact on making our country better. So go get inked.
Give your Time
The rewards of volunteering are often greater than those of monetary donations. Here are some ways to help:
1. Mentor a child – There’s always a shortage of mentors, give crucial support to young people who need it.
2. Be a donor – Give blood and sign up to donate organs.
3. Be an advocate – Use your voice to advocate for those who can’t be heard.
What other ways come to your mind? Let me know in the comments below!