The Value of Giving Back: How Giving Back Changed Lives (and History) for the better…

As the holiday season ends, a brutal and biting chill crashes against our warmly layered bodies. Old man winter has its grip on us but this is a time to reflect and renew our resolutions. The upcoming months are recognized as celebrating moments in history that shaped our lives as we know it. Giving back may seem minor, but the impact it can have is life altering.

“Many hands make light work” – this is a Tanzania proverb which holds especially true within a team or organization. We, at points in our lives, have needed the help of others. When we all pitch in, the work does not seem as stressful or burdensome. Throughout history, we have seen or experienced many examples of teamwork and unity.

Think about it – most movements started with a single idea from an individual or a small group of folks that eventually transcended to the changing of history itself. Who knew? Listed below are perfect examples of individuals changing history:

Harriet Tubman, was born to enslaved parents and eventually escaped slavery. Despite these hardships that very few were able to overcome, Harriet Tubman went on to become a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds to freedom by way of the Underground Railroad. A single person with a single desire.

Rosa Parks, who simply refused to give up her bus seat, ignited the Montgomery boycott and help to end segregation. A single person with a single action.

Lady Gaga, singer and actress, is an outspoken activist for LGBT rights. She established the Born This Way Foundation, a non-profit organization which encourages empowerment and issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring, and career development for teens and young adults. A single person with a single belief.

Whether you donate money or time or talent to someone in need, a ripple effect of kindness is created. Step out your comfort zone. Your decision will help not only another, but will help you build and strengthen your relationships with others.

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