This simple question can have a very different meaning depending on how you look at it.

We are constantly faced with challenges and adversity whether its others or our own. The world around us is full of horrific violence, illness and starvation, to mention a very few. It’s so easy to say “I’m only one person, what can I do?” It’s easy to think we could never make a difference because these issues are so big and our efforts would seem so small.

I know I’ve said this to myself a million times and then I’ve done nothing and felt horrible for it. I’ve neglected to give homeless person money or told myself I would take food to a friend going through chemotherapy tomorrow and tomorrow turns in to next week, which turns into never. We get overwhelmed thinking that we need to start with a grand gesture, and if you are able, by all means go for it. Most people need to build up the courage to commit to a cause or trust that if they donate money they will have enough for themselves left over. This is understandable. By starting small and resisting the urge to put the effort off, you can make a big difference in someone’s life today.

Start by reframing the question in your heart; “What can I do?” Remind yourself that there is always something you can do and you can do it in a way that is genuine and sincere. Every day there is the opportunity to help at least one person. Just ask yourself or them “What can I do to help?”