I recently wrote to friends in Facebook as to why I feel we have a personal responsibility to step up for others facing challenges. An excerpt:
”The essence of morality is essentially what kind of person are you and how do you respond when you have the freedom from legal compulsion or retribution. For example. I found a wallet. The law won’t punish me if I don’t give it back. I have the freedom to keep it. So do I? Character fills that gap. People volunteer as nurses, for the military. They don’t have to. They do it because their character fills in the gap between their freedom not to do anything, and their need to support others. It’s the reason we cheer them and honor them.”
As we know, there are people right now who are feeling the stress of change or just need a little nudge in navigating their new future post-COVID-19. Looking back at my Facebook micro rant about character, I thought to myself that it’s time to act my words. So…
“How can I help?”
I’m offering to one individual in my LinkedIn contacts and one person outside social media some of my spare time, copywriting, and content strategy skills outside of my current job obligations. Specifically to help someone who might be struggling to keep moving forward in these challenging times. For my skill set, that could be things like:
- Help with a resume or menu content
- Messaging around a business plan
- Website structure or SEO
- If you got a voice assistant you need help with, not sure you really need my help, but hey, let’s see
- Or something else in my wheelhouse (using spreadsheets, Facebook marketing, etc.)
Folks on LinkedIn can reach me quietly via LinkedIn. I’ll make some phone calls to find a person offline as well.
Either way, in return, all I ask is that you pledge to offer someone else in need the benefit of a skill or gift that you have. In turn, challenge them to pledge to do the same.
For instance, if you are a graphic designer, help someone design their resume. A strategist could help someone test and hone their thinking on a business plan for what could be their new life post-COVID-19. Know how to fix a car? Help someone who is petrified of even a modest car service bill right now. You know your skills and where you excel better than I do. The important part is to give someone the spark to ignite the change they need to make to be better. To feel secure.
Like I said, steal this idea. Don’t give me credit, just give someone an extra edge or a chance. Good enough.
If we pass it forward, help just one person a little bit, together we can help many.