Peter Zieve is a considered something of a hero here in Mukilteo, Washington, and in Seattle for that matter, and news outlets such as the Herald often speak about how great he is. Peter however is not famous for politics or sports nor for his insane success as CEO of Electroimpact, Peter has become a local hero because of the outstanding work that he does in the community. Peter has a business program here which helps out young kids, he also heads up a campaign for more money to be given to struggling communities and he is vociferous in bringing about change, both here in Mukilteo, Washington and beyond. With Peter’s story in mind, I wanted to write a quick blog post about why you should help out your community, just like Peter has.
Let’s start with that selfish side of us which almost everyone has, it feels great to do some good for others in your community. We all of that slight ‘what’s in it for me?’ approach when considering giving up our time or our money and in this case, there is something in it for everyone. The person or people who you help will have had their lives changed and you will walk away feeling like you really made a difference and that will make you feel good, as long as everyone is happy there is no shame in feeling good.
Could Be You
We are never many steps away from running into problems that could see us require the help of the community so there is a school of thought which suggests that we should be some kindness forward. Just imagine if you were in the situation that some within your community are in, and nobody wanted to help you, how do you think that would make you feel? Pretty terrible I imagine, and that is how others may feel when you aren’t helping.
The erosion of the community over the last 2 decades alone are a clear indicator that politicians don’t care about the community and in truth they would probably prefer to divide and conquer rather than see us come together. Social injustice and socio-economic problems are actually beneficial for government and big businesses because it keeps the people down where they can be controlled. This is precisely why the people within small and large communities need to come together and do something on our own. If we rely on the support of each other and can count on it, then as a unit we are much stronger and we can create a loving and positive community that is built on a network of trust and support.
There are all kinds of ways that you can give up your time, expertise for money in order to help your local community, so there is very little excuse as to why you can’t, go do something positive today!
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