Give back. Possibly the most important tenet of Jar The Ground. Help others when you can, however you can. Give back by helping others overcome challenges similar to the ones you have faced or are facing. That way your experience is put to good use and there is one less person struggling for an answer you already found. Give back by making another person’s day, week, life a little less painful. This moves society forward.
What Are You Really Doing When You Give Back?
“Give back” suggests that you have received something that you should return or pay back. And in a way that is likely the case. If you are like me, many people have helped you along the way. You’ve been supported in many a success by individuals seen and unseen. The college admissions person you never met, and who decided to give you a chance. Or perhaps it comes in the form of the person working 3 jobs who keeps your office clean so you can start each morning fresh and uncluttered. Things get done all around us that affect us in positive ways. Often we never have a chance to thank these people who grace our lives with presence in the world.
I really like the notion of paying it forward. This concept is based on the assumption that doing so spreads a selfless caring and further enriches the social networks that connect us. In addition, it often makes more sense to help out a different person than the one who helped you since you are more likely to be helping someone truly in need.
How Everyone Can Do This
And you don’t need to give a million dollars to charity or build a homeless shelter. It can be as simple as a smile and a thank you. I was in the grocery store recently and the gentleman in front of me said hi to the checker and then asked how her day was going. He commiserated with her about the long hours while she went about her work. At the end of the transaction he looked her in the eye and thanked her and told her he hoped her day would go by fast. When she started scanning my items she was beaming. I asked her if she knew that man. She said no, not really, but that he was always so nice. When I asked why she was smiling she said, “I know it sounds crazy, but I feel better after seeing him. You know how many people actually express concern for a check out clerk, or smile, or even say thank you like they mean it? Let me tell you, almost no one…” It turns out that woman has gone entire days at work without ernest appreciation. That’s something anyone can easily remedy.
Take a real interest in a person you interact with (but don’t really see) at least once a week or so. Starting with simple acts like that will make you more enriched, because you are enriching the life of another person.
Giving back is critical to the entire Jar The Ground process. It brings the process and your success full circle.
There is much more to the concept that you should give back. If you would like to learn more contact me here. If you would like to schedule a Jar The Ground talk for your organization feel free to contact me via the “Book a Speaking Engagement” menu bar link above.