Every time I pass a sign like this, I wonder what stops us from just “fixing it”. This idea is something that I believe can be carried to all areas of our lives.
How many things in your own life need “fixing”? Perhaps we add “it” to our list promising to do “it” later. There are always priorities and things that become more important or that will take precedence.
As I sit here writing this, many of my “to do’s” are popping into our mind. I find there are many personal “to do’s” for my list like making time to exercise, or that appointment for the doctor or dentist, or emailing back a colleague or potential client, or there’s always that list of chores…
But, like the sign, I also think of the “to do’s” that we’ as a community, could work together to address that could improve quality of life for us all.
One of my biggest pet peeves is the studies that are done that just tell us information with no plan of correction. Recently I read an article about the hardest places to live in the United States in the NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/26/upshot/where-are-the-hardest-places-to-live-in-the-us.html). What frustrates me about an article such as this is that it’s great someone took the time to collect this data, but what are we actually doing about it? When you look at the map in this article, it is evident that there are more states that appear to be “doing worse” than “doing better”. I can only hope that someone, somewhere, saw this article and has started a discussion in their community.
I find so many things we do to be in a reactive manner or in a crisis situation. Working in a quality improvement mindset for much of my career makes me see all types of areas where we should do something – together—to make things change. I think that’s the key word. Together… Together we definitely get further faster. Together… Many hands make light work.
What’s happening in your community? What is your wish list? Who needs help? I find that many times we know there are issues or problems but think, perhaps, the issue is too big; we just have no time to address it; someone else will take care of it; or how many times have we just thought “it’s just a shame” and then go back to whatever we were doing. I have found, again and again, that people don’t pay attention to stuff that doesn’t directly affect them. But, guess what. In some way, everything eventually affects all of us.
Not one of us can single handedly “save the world”, but together… imagine what we can do. I believe it’s time for us to band together to take action; not wait for others to do it; not wait for legislation to change it; and especially not just be a Facebook warrior.
This is the big idea behind the Enjoy Life Community Project, a way for us to work together in our own communities to make things change – for the better – for all of us – so we can all enjoy life. I believe every one of us has something to offer that can help someone else. Nothing is insignificant or too small. We have all had experience or have some type of expertise to make change happen.
People helping people; Collaboration = success: These are the principles that drive the time to play foundation.
It’s time to enjoy life.
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Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC is the founder of the Time to Play Foundation, a 501c3 not for profit corporation inspiring everyone to enjoy life. Please see www.timetoplay.com for more information.