What are you curating, producing, or developing in your world that is necessary? Before you answer, perhaps it would be advantageous to define exactly what is meant by ‘necessary.’
- Necessary does not mean the everyday things that you are expected to do. Some of those things may be important, and some non-negotiable (think, putting food on the table, doing what your boss says, paying your bills, eating broccoli, etc.), but they are not the kind of necessary we are talking about.
- The necessary that we are talking about are those things which are desperately and immediately needed in your neighborhood, community, city, or country.
So, again, the question: What are you currently curating, producing, or developing in your world that is necessary?
I think that maybe most of us would struggle to answer that question. It’s not that we are bad, or selfish people, really. It’s not that we are calloused to the suffering, injustice, and sadness that plays out all around us. It’s just that we are busy and settled. And maybe the most infecting thing that keeps us from doing remarkable things is the belief that we can’t.
Let’s dispel the myths about what it takes to do necessary things:
- You do not have to be an expert.
- You do not have to be an extrovert.
- You do not have to be wealthy.
- You do not have to be a leader.
- You do not have to be an organization.
That homeless man at the corner doesn’t care if you’re an expert on the causes of poverty and its solution. The handicapped child doesn’t care if you’re an extrovert. The women’s care center doesn’t care if you’re wealthy. The struggling family doesn’t care if you are a part of an organization or not.
People need people. That’s the simplest place to start.
The truth is, your community and your city need to you be remarkable. Become aware of the stories around you, listen, develop a plan, and be bold.
Question: What’s something necessary that your community (or city) needs?