TSA#52 – Make life a little better

Nov 13, 2012 by

This TSA (Truly Simple Actions) project started one year ago and it is fitting that it ends where it started.

The goal of the this TSA project was simple.   To help make this world a better place and improve our lives, one simple action at a time.

Each week + one thing = life better.

Each week I suggested to you, a simple action you could do that will improve your life and that of those around you.  That was the plan and I hope you took the time to follow through on a few of these, hopefully more.  Some of these have been simple little things for yourself, and as it started some of these are about helping those around you.

52 weeks later, here we are.  I wanted to conclude this project just as it started, by helping out someone who needs it.

As we head into the holiday season there are some around us who are struggling more than we are.  My favorite TSA’s have been the ones where we get to help those around us.  There is no better feeling than helping someone who needs a little help.  So with that, your final TSA of 2011 is to make life a little better for someone around you.

Here are a couple of ways to do that.

The first way to help is to adopt a stocking via Friends and Helpers

Friends and Helpers is an amazing charity that helps women and children who are trying to escape from a horrible situation at home.  These families are escaping domestic abuse and are trying to start over and often times leave their current situations with only the clothing on their backs.  Please consider adopting a family or a stocking to get them the very basics of what they need to survive and maybe even a present for their children to open on Christmas.  100% of any money donated goes to the families.  Please consider helping them today.

The second way to help is the Rolling Jubilee project.

This is a very simple and brilliant idea that has come about in the post Wall Street financial problems that have caused a a great numbers of families to struggle financially.  The Rolling Jubilee  project:

buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it. Together we can liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal.

It is so simple and the math is astounding as far as return on investments go.  For example $25 abolishes an estimated $500 worth of debt.  Imagine a family struggling under a mountain of debt from an unplanned visit to the emergency room.  They don’t have the $500 dollars to pay off their debt and they are hounded by harassing phone calls and subjected to high interest rates and additional penalties and fees, but if you could donate $25, you could wipe out that debt, forever.  Now that family, free from that burden, can hopefully donate back to the project themselves and help free others from their debt and keep the cycle going.  Please consider helping change someone’s life forever and donate what you can.

Those are only 2 suggestions for how you can help someone this holiday season.  There are thousands of other worthy charities and other simple ways you can help your friends and neighbors.  Please take a minute right now and write down on a piece of paper either the name of one person or family or charity you can help this holiday season.  Put that piece of paper in your pocket and think about it until you have taken the simple action of helping.

Sometimes we all need a little help now and again.  Take a few minutes this holiday season and help out where you can.  Now to sing you off, here is Mumford and Son’s singing With a Little Help From My Friends live from the Hollywood Bowl last night.  Best. Concert. Ever.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and all of the other TSA’s (links to all of them below).   They have made an impact in my life and I plan on continuing this tradition starting the first week in January and I hope you will join with me again.

I’d love to hear from you if these have made a positive change in your life or if you have a good suggestion for a new TSA.  Let me know in the comments or you can send me an email and let me know how these worked out for you.


TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

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