07/23/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Why Wait For A Crisis To Give?

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.--Mohammed Ali

There is so much trouble in the world... What difference can one person make?

It may seem easier to just bury our heads in the ground and not engage, not get involved, not care.

Sometimes, we are dealing with our own troubles, and feel that we don't have the resources to help one another. Or simply, we just don't know what to do.

Well, our rent is long overdue.

The time is now for us to do something, anything in service of another, because we all have a part to play in the prosperity of our country, we all have something to give of ourselves, and we all have something to gain. It feels good to know you contributed positively to another's life, to their happiness, to their survival. It gives us a sense of purpose. We have been blessed with and have fought hard for so many of our rights and privileges, that we need to remember that we also have responsibilities, some of which are to each other.

I think back to Hurricane Katrina and how the country was shocked into action. "How can this happen in our own country, in our own backyard," we asked. "How can we treat our own citizens this way?" This was an example of how a government is only as good as its people and how sometimes the public needs to set the example.

Some sent money; others sent goods; some opened their homes; everyone opened their hearts. People came together for those who lost everything and needed an embrace, a helping hand and a warm heart.

We came together in a time of crisis, but why must we wait for a disaster to hit before we help one another? People need help now. For many, their lives are in crisis. You don't have to be a gazillionaire to make a difference. The gift of your time is just as valuable as any check. There are many worthy causes locally and nationally to be a part of that would really appreciate your sweat equity. But there's other ways to be of service. Maybe you have skills or talents that you can use in a unique way to help others.

Whatever it is, we must all do our part, because if we each move individually towards the collective good, a difference we will make indeed.

If you're not already involved with a cause or service project, here are some links that can help you get started: or