If You Can’t Help Them All, Help Just One
One of the biggest misconceptions about generosity and helping others is the belief that if you aren’t influencing dozens of people, you aren’t making a difference. But that simply isn’t true. Your efforts to help one person are just as important as someone who is helping many others.
When it comes to giving, generosity, charity, and helping others, people get caught up in numbers and statistics, believing that the difference they are making rises exponentially by the numbers of lives they touch. But we don’t think you should get hung up on these figures. On the contrary, we believe you can be remarkably influential by simply starting to help one single person, and here are some reasons why:
It’s the gateway to helping more. When you start small, focusing on just one person to help, it becomes easier to create opportunities in your life to help more people. You hone your skills that are truly valuable to those in need, which makes helping even more people that much easier and more effective.
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”
You create a deeper connection. Versus the volunteer who helps feed hundreds of people every day, you get to create a relationship with just one person who desperately needs the help you have to offer. You have the one-on-one time to establish a deep, lasting connection that is sure to benefit and enrich their life as well as yours. Bonus!
“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”
It triggers a ripple effect. When you help someone else, they in turn are able to serve others. Even if you are only able to contribute to one other person in a philanthropic way in your lifetime, your efforts will be far-reaching long into the future. You never know the full impact your efforts will have for generations to come.
“If my gift helps just one person, it’s worth it. Because that person will help someone else.”
—Anne Edelhauser, The Salvation Army
It helps you achieve your goals. Your goal may simply be to make a difference. You find incredible success helping one person, whereas helping many might be overwhelming. Setting smaller goals for yourself oftentimes makes them more attainable.
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.
We hope these four points have inspired you to reach out and help one person. It might be a struggling single parent in your community or a friend who is going through a difficult time. Your help might come in the form of delivering a specially cooked meal or freeing up another person’s busy schedule by offering to watch their children. Oftentimes, your help starts with just reaching out to one other person. And the world becomes a better place with people like you!