My main request is to remember the six billion human brothers and sisters on the planet.

His Holiness the Dalia Lama

My first thoughts on this were environmental. I think of all the people in the world and what conditions they might be living in. How would I survive in the desert regions or artic conditions? Out of people who live in extreme climates, how many live there by choice? Then I think about times when I am feeling hungry, and there is not much food around. With a couple of dollars, I can buy a box of macaroni and cheese and a pack of hot dogs. If I have less than a dollar, I can buy a banana or an apple. So many people are not even able to buy a piece of fruit. I doubt I could survive like that for very long. Thinking in this way makes me grateful that I have what I have, and I pray for better conditions for those less fortunate.

I think about the good people also do; healers, teachers, first responders, spiritual leaders, volunteers. The impact a person who serves the community has resonated deep into a person who needs assistance’s heart and can even cause the good deeds to spread to other souls. Participating in compassionate actions inspires others to do the same. When participating in humanity, we are more aware that we have the common thread that we all exist as human beings. We honor the gift our creator bestowed us. It helps with being mindful that we are not alone and that there are many levels of suffering and comfort.

The final thing I think about is what I could do to help. I can’t give away money due to not having any myself. I could volunteer at a food bank if I had the time, but I don’t. So I listen and stay aware. Small things like helping an elderly person to reach items on a shelf at the store can make a difference. I can take a few extra minutes of my time to hear another person’s troubles and offering words of encouragement or that we pray together. These attempts to create an impact are not much to offer, but sometimes these small gestures make a big difference.