This is my last and final Beautiful Change Challenge and the topic centers around exploring ways to make lasting and beautiful changes within my own community, and quite frankly I found this Challenge the hardest one of all. It is much easier to focus on ourselves and our own selfish needs rather than putting our emphasis outward, and taking the time to notice the world around us and what we might be able to do to make it a better place for us to live.
So I sat and thought about it for a while, and I realized that one thing that really bothers me is the trash that I often see sprinkled throughout our community. The junk and paper that people mindlessly discard of without a care for how awful it looks or how it cheapens our environment. A dear friend of mine is so green and conscientious that whenever she is out and about and sees an out of place piece of trash, she takes a moment to pick it up and properly discard of it in the trash can. I have always admired this about her, her awareness of what is around her and her willingness to handle some gross stuff in order to beautify our planet. Most of us don’t take this kind of time to notice, let alone pick up trash and clean-up after others.
So I decided that my last and final Beautiful Change Challenge was going to emulate the actions of my dear altruistic friend: I am committing to make a conscious effort to pick up unwanted trash that crosses my path on an ongoing basis! So simple yet SO impactful. I am going to train myself to notice and beautify as much as I can, and I am hoping this will motivate and inspire others to do the same.
This is my final post of the Aveeno Beautiful Change Challenge series and I hope that you have enjoyed these thoughtful posts as much as I have. I am hoping that these posts have inspired you to make beautiful and lasting changes in your life. Perhaps you’ll even consider applying for AVEENO’s BE AN ACTIVE NATURAL Grant Competition:
This year AVEENO is celebrating the power of everyday ACTIVE NATURALS by awarding eight grants in the amount of $10,000 each to individuals or groups who are inspired to make a beautiful differences in their communities. Selected participants will tell AVEENO what kind of activities they are doing in order to nourish beautiful change within their community, school or family. Each month, through November 2012, AVEENO will select two finalists from all the eligible entries who will have the opportunity to win a $10,000 grant to further their efforts. You can apply on the AVEENO® facebook page HERE
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