What’s the point of”Doing Good?”

Do you ever have those moments where you ask yourself, “What’s the point?” I ask this because I do, all the time. Some days it’s, “What’s the point in taking this class?” or “What’s the point in choosing X over Y?” A lot of the times it’s, “What’s the point in my life?” and by that I mean, “What will be my legacy?” or “What mark will I leave in this world?” Idealistically? I’d like my mark to be discovering the solution for world peace or ending major racial and economic disparities. Realistically? Impacting someone’s life in one way or another.

        I say that’s my realistic goal because I am positive that I have made a difference in someone’s life, I am making a difference in someone’s life, and I will make a difference in someone’s life. You might be thinking, “Wow, Yasmin. That sounds a little narcissistic, don’t you think?” I say, “Absolutely not. It’s very likely it’s true, and here’s how: by Doing Good every single day.” Since I can remember, my mom always taught my brother and I to be thankful of our blessings and to always help those in need. Some days it would be through donating old clothes, books, and toys. Other days it would be through community involvement like serving food in homeless shelters or working with refugee families in the St. Louis area. Regardless of how big or how small the action was, they all shared a common theme: Doing Good.

        The Delta Gamma ideal of Doing Good was instilled in me before I became a Delta Gamma, and I’m thankful for that everyday. It taught me to be humble, to be kind, and more importantly to recognize my privilege. By Doing Good, I not only see the immediate impacts of my actions, but I can feel them. I hear the “thank you’s” and see the smiles on the faces of those whom I’ve helped in some capacity, but more remarkably I feel this indescribable, magical feeling inside of me, a feeling that only grows the more I directly help others.

        So the next time you catch yourself wondering, “What’s the point in my life?” I ask you this. Close your eyes and think of a moment where you’ve helped someone in need out. No matter how big or how small the action was, remember their reaction and remember that feeling inside of you which stemmed from their gratitude. Then grasp onto that feeling because that magical feeling is your answer.

-Yasmin Younis

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