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H.O.W. Humanity One World - How You Can Change the World
One Person One Time
One person doing a favor for one person one time is enough to make a difference in the world.
Over seven billion people are living on earth right now. At the time this hub was written, 171,395 people had been born this day. The number changes rapidly, as someone is being born every millisecond of the day.
According to World Poverty Statistics, about three billion people live on less than $2.50 per day. That’s poverty, people! That means that about 50% of the world population lives in poverty.
As I read the statistics on how many people are in the world and how many people it would take to change the world, it occurred to me that the numbers don't really matter. What matters is that one person really could change the world. If just one half of the world helped the other half of the world, this world could thrive. Starvation, loneliness, and isolation could feasibly be a thing of the past.
So, now I’m thinking that if there are over seven billion people living on earth and three billion people living in poverty, then if only half the people on earth helped the other half of the people on earth, you know… the ones living in poverty, then it is possible to make the world a place where no one goes hungry.
Bees and Plants Need Each Other
My Garden Gives Me Inspiration
Just sitting in my garden, I see how the natural process of pollination keeps both plants and animals alive. A bee feeds on the nectar produced by a flower. As the bee flies from flower to flower, pollen collects on the bee's body. And, when the bee lands on another flower to extract the nectar, some of the pollen falls off, delivering pollen to the plant. Pollination is necessary for the plant to develop seeds and reproduce.
One flower produces the nutrient one bee needs to survive. One bee delivers the pollen another flower needs to produce more seeds allowing the flower to continue growing.
One person doing a favor for another can go a long way toward helping someone survive.
We All Have Something to Offer
The pollination process reminds me that we all have something to offer. If we live a life of abundance, then of course we have a lot to offer. At the same time, if we live a life of meager means, we still have something to offer. If we can offer but a friendly smile to a stranger, we have brightened that person’s day. We all have something to offer.
You never know when you are going to walk across the path of someone who is feeling lonely and out of sorts. Your smile could be the catalyst that pulls them up out of their slump. Your smile could be the one thing that lets them know there is at least one person in the world who cares about them.
- Give a Compliment
People thrive on feedback from others. Even when we know we have done our best job to complete a task, it always feels better when someone else takes notice. So, give a person a compliment for a job done well.
People Need People
In the African Bantu language, the word ubuntu means that a person becomes a person only through other people (Interview of Desmond Tutu, New Scientist, April 2006).
- Make a Phone Call or Visit
The world can be a lonely place. We all get busy, that’s true. But, not everyone in our lives are busy. Some of them are struggling with day-to-day issues affecting their lives. Depression, anxiety, anger, sadness, and loneliness are all emotions that can drag a person down a destructive path.
You can put a road block in a destructive path. Interrupt a downward spiral by making a phone call to a family member or friend. Even better than a phone call is a visit. People need other people to function. In fact, neuroscientists have discovered that humans and their brains and minds are made in a way that causes us to need continuous interaction with other people. In other words, we need each other to feel whole and to survive.
Beware of Ordinances Regarding Handing Out Food
Some ordinances ban giving food to homeless people. Be sure to check with your city or county regarding this matter. One of the concerns is litter, as the homeless people do not always discard their trash in trash bins, leaving trash wherever they consume their food. The other concern is sanitation of the food being handed out. Be sure that all of the food you hand out is pre-packaged from the factory. Do not hand out food that you package yourself. The only exception would be fresh fruit.
In my county, there is a hefty fine if we are cited for handing food to homeless people on the street. -MarleneB
- Pack a Food Box
You don’t have to give money to funds set up to help people in need. While these are noble and worthwhile projects with worthwhile endeavors, this hub is about what YOU can do to make a difference.
There are people living on the streets, hungry and in need of a meal right now. You could be the person to feed them the nourishment they need. Pack a small box or bag and fill it with non-perishable food items. Include plastic eating utensils, cleaning wipes, napkins and a small bag to use as a temporary trash bag (to help decrease litter).
Keep in mind that homeless people may not have a way to transport a large box. They may be traveling on foot or riding a bicycle. So, keep your container small enough to carry and transport. Also, keep in mind that homeless people are not equipped with handy kitchen gadgets like a can opener, toaster, microwave oven, or refrigerator. They won’t have a way to open, heat, or store the food you give them. So, provide them with food in containers that have easy-to-open flip tops and with food that is meal-sized so they won't need to think about storing extra portions. Most important, provide them with foods that do not need to be stored in the refrigerator.
Read My Other Hub About Feeding the Hungry
For more detailed information about what goes into putting together a food package, read my hub titled H.O.W. Humanity One World | Put Together a Feed the Hungry Package to Feed One Person at a Time. Read about city ordinances and other things to be aware of. Also, in this hub I compiled a list of products, along with prices and a cost per unit so you can estimate the cost of putting together a food package.
Suggestions for a Food Box
Think about what makes up a balanced meal and try to make a package that makes up a meal complete with a serving of protein, fruit or vegetable and starchy/fiber-rich foods. If you can find a pre-packaged dairy product, then include that, as well.
Some things I have included are Canned Vienna Sausages, Small Package of Tuna, Canned Beans, Canned Fruit Cocktail, Fresh Apples, Fresh Oranges, Individually Wrapped Prunes and other Dried Fruit, Packaged Cheese and Crackers, Pudding, and Bottled Water
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.”
Go Deep: Get More Involved
Join a cause to get more involved. One such cause is H.O.W. Humanity One World. This is a cause started by Bill Holland, a man with a heart of gold. Bill’s philosophy is that we, as a compassionate society can come together in a united way, making a conscientious effort to join hands in making things better for the world.
If you are following the H.O.W. Humanity One World 365/365 Challenge, then you would have committed to doing one random act of kindness each day in 2013. Imagine how many lives you could save by doing one kind thing to one person each day.
Yes! You can make a difference. In just one day, with just one act, one person can make a difference in the world.
Video: I Cry Real Tears
This is an inspirational video. It's only 3:51 in length. Watch and hear a poem written by Bill Holland, founder of H.O.W. Humanity One World. H.O.W. is about making the world a better place. The poem is titled, "I Cry Real Tears".
I Cry Real Tears
Worldometers Real Time World Statistics
World Poverty Statistics Global issues The Human Development Report – Research Date: 7/23/2012
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) Parllinator Partnership: Your Source for Pollinator Action and Information
American Physiological Society Physiological Reviews – Brain Basis of Human social Interaction: From Concepts to Brain Imaging
United States Department of Agriculture Publications/Dietary Guidelines
© 2013 Marlene Bertrand