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How Can We Make the World a Better Place?

Sunday March 21, 2021 By Felicia Garland

“It is not your responsibility to finish the work [of perfecting the world], but neither are you at liberty to neglect it”

Rabbi Tarton, Ethos of the Fathers

(2:16)

I must take issue with the good Rabbi. (Dear G-d, don’t strike me down.)

I DO believe we each have a responsibility to work toward a perfect world. Making the world perfect (or at least improving it) doesn’t have to mean finding the cure for cancer, ending conflicts around the world, or solving global warming. Rather, you can (and I believe you are obligated to) at least try to improve the little, tiny piece of world you control.

Here’s a small list of suggestions for world perfection:

Plant a pretty flower that will attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

Smile at a stranger in the checkout line (this will be easier after (if ever) masks are no longer required). As an aside, I hate the fact I often cannot tell if someone is smiling at me, or for them not to know I’m smiling at them. Time for those smiling' Irish eyes.

Stick to the right lane, if you want to drive slowly.

Offer to help an elderly neighbor with chores around their house.

Return your shopping cart; don’t leave it in the parking lot to roll into someone’s car

Don’t use the speaker when using your cell phone in public.

Donate blood.

Don’t be afraid to exist in photos.

Volunteer to work in a soup kitchen. Better yet, take your kids or grandkids to work with you.

Add your own ideas here: _____________

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