“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world”.
Anne Frank, a Jewish girl that lived during World War II, wrote about her life in hiding from the Nazis,and she wrote the words, above. She also observed the day-to-day ways in which people helped each other.
Here are six simple ideas that can improve the lives of others and help us to improve our self-esteem and our self-worth. You see, helping others also comes back to help us.
1. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
Volunteering at a soup kitchen is an uplifting and empowering experience. As you prepare the food, serve it to clients who are often very thankful for what they receive in return- even if it’s just one bowl of hot nourishing broth!
2. Join an environmental conservation group
You can make a difference in the environment by joining an environmental conservation group.
Several organisations exist that are dedicated to preserving our natural resources and protecting biodiversity, but not all groups have equal importance or visibility– there isn’t really one “perfect” organization for you!
Founded in 1935, the Defenders of Wildlife organization is one that works hard for your quality and safety on land or sea. They help bring attention to threatened species with their work-they’re an important force behind saving animals from extinction!
3. Help out at your local animal shelter
If your interests lie mainly with animal welfare then The Humane Society might be worth looking into; they strive ceaselessly towards making humans more compassionate through education about animals’ feelings which could help change someone else’s opinion on how we should treat them (and vice versa).
4. Become a mentor to someone in need of guidance or support
You could be the answer to someone’s need for guidance and support. You share your wisdom with people, which is what we all want in our lives the knowledge to make the right choices. And even better, you have the satisfaction of seeing someone succeed.
Some people may not realize that there are wonderful opportunities for mentoring within their community. You can become a mentor to young people at risk or who need support and guidance, while learning from them too! It is wonderful being able
5. Pay it forward by doing something nice for someone who is not expecting anything in return
This phrase has been used to describe an act of generosity or kindness done without expectation. It’s a way to live one’s life so that others will be helped, and this idea can also apply when it comes to improving the world.
This wonderful idea of doing something nice for someone who is not expecting anything in return can also apply when it comes to improving the world. You could do something nice for a stranger or volunteer at an event, and this will make you feel wonderful even if your action was small.
You don’t always have to do wonderful things that are big in order to improve the world. A kind gesture, a smile or just lending your ear can go a long way too.
6. Share the love and give away some of your favorite things to those less fortunate than you are.
It’s so easy to give away your favorite things and make someone else feel the love. A great way is by donating clothes, books or games that you don’t need anymore! There are many charitable organizations that will be more than happy to take your donations and give them to those less fortunate than you are. This wonderful act of sharing the love gives you a wonderful feeling and also makes the world better for someone else.
The suggestions above came about because I started thinking about the quotation and also about the person that wrote it. Let’s dive deeper into its origins and especially about the girl that wrote such a wonderful piece of advice.
Anne was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Anne had an older sister Margot Anne (born Feb 19, 1926) and a younger sister named Margot Ilse (born Nov 19, 1929). Anne’s father Otto Heinrich Frank grew up in Frankfurt am Main and Anne was very close with her father. Anne’s mother Edith Holländer had a difficult life being the daughter of a tailor and having to live through two world wars.
Fleeing from Frankfurt
Anne lived in Frankfurt until 1933 when the Nazi party came into power and started persecuting Jews. The Franks were forced to flee from their home in March 1933 when Anne was only 4 years old due to the Nuremberg Laws which restricted the rights of Jews. Anne moved from place to place for about four years before settling in Amsterdam in 1937 where she changed schools and became closer with her sister Margot Anne. In May 1940 Anne’s worst fears came true when the Nazis invaded the Netherlands.
A family in hiding
Anne and her family had to go into hiding to escape persecution. Anne’s father Otto Frank and her mother Edith got Anne and Margot Anne into the achterhuis (a hidden place – usually translated into English as the ‘secret annex’ – where they hid from being found by the Nazis) in July 1942 when she learned they were both scheduled for deportation. Anne stayed there until June 12, 1944, when they were eventually discovered and sent to Auschwitz concentration camp where Anne later died.
Anne Frank died at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945 due to typhus disease. She was not quite 15 years old when she passed away only three months before the liberation of Bergen-Belsen by British troops.
Anne’s mother found Anne’s father in Amsterdam after the war. Anne left behind many diaries, letters, and other documents detailing her life. The diary Anne kept while she was hiding is one of the most-read books today. Anne has over 15 million copies of her diary printed all around the world so far.
Anne Frank made a difference in this world because millions read about her tragic story every year (and it keeps growing) demonstrating that everyone can make a wonderful difference in the world if they open their eyes to it.
Anne wrote many things about the beauty of life but her story is also powerful and engaging. Anne’s diary can show us amazing things about life so many years later, but the main advice in her diary came from Anne herself.
Anne was right when she shared with us “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” It can happen now. Instead of hiding away from people in the virtual worlds of video games, social media, and brief comical videos, imagine how wonderful it would be if everyone could take one step towards making the world a better place.
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