For our first post of the year we wanted to share an idea with you and hopefully make you think.
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? Do you promise yourself you are going to what? Lose weight? Stop smoking? Be kinder?
We’ve all made them - and how many times have you managed to do a bit - or haven’t actually done it at all.
It’s hard. All the harder because we make resolutions about things that often mean making a huge change.
At Genealogy Investigations we often talk about giving back - donating to a worthy cause, or organising this or that. The reality is life gets in the way, there are kids to wrangle, dinners to make, work to do and before you know it, all your good intentions have slipped away.
So we’re not going to do any of that. Instead we are starting the New Year with a new idea. Do One Thing.
We don’t want you to commit to new behaviour, to change your habits or to promise to do something and then never do it or even to do it more than once.
We literally want you to do one thing. We don’t even care what it is, as long as it’s for the good of yourself and others.
The Do One Thing idea started overseas - as a way of getting people to do something more ecologically sound. We wanted to take it one step further.
Somewhere in your neighbourhood - or city, or street - is something that might need doing. For Deb, it's the rubbish dumped around her nearby park where she often walks. So Deb’s One Thing was picking up as she walks (and it's probably more exercise).
For Fran it will be clearing the rubbish from her local beach.
There is no limit to what your One Thing can be.
What if you bought one can of catfood and put it in the SPCA bins at the supermarket. Just once.
What if you took your old sheets to Women’s Refugee instead of chucking them away?
What if instead of walking past, you said hello to that older person you see every other day?
Or reused a refillable water bottle rather than using a plastic bottle?
Try paying a compliment to someone. It makes their day.
What if everyone just did One Thing? What might our world look like?
And it starts the year with a win. Doing it means you started the New Year having completed one good thing.
Then tell someone else - who do you know who can continue by doing their One Thing?
Or share your ideas with us in the comments.
See you Wednesday when we begin Grave Stories with an unsolved murder.
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