Have you started getting those solicitation letters from your Alma Mater? Or from a variety of charitable organizations asking you for money? It’s that time of year – the season of giving – in more ways than one.
Why do universities, museums, research organizations, health care facilities and others stuff your mailbox this time of year? Their requests for funds come when you are already in a giving mood, reminding you that generosity extends beyond gifts for friends and loved ones. After all, we can make charitable donations and get a tax deduction. In other words, philanthropy not only feels good, but comes with a few monetary enticements.
But I’d like to mention about another sort of generosity. Of the unexpected, everyday variety. Yours.
Giving is the cure for not having
As in many families this year, our coffers are emptying at an alarming rate, the result of numerous factors including layoffs from two jobs more than a year ago. I’ve looked for work and projects for months, while continuing to parent. In addition to those activities, about six months ago, I moved my daily “journal” writing here. And with each passing day, I’ve loved it more, and learned more.
About a week ago, a reader emailed me that I had “generosity of spirit” because I’ve been telling people about his incredibly informative blog, Privilege of Parenting. I’d like others to enjoy the benefits that I am reaping from his articles. To me, that sort of generosity is nothing more than a breath between sips of coffee. If it makes the world a little better for your children and mine, why wouldn’t I do it?
He has also written that giving is the cure for not having. That is a line I will remember forever. And I have felt lighter (and slept better) since reading that. Are “givers” more susceptible to being taken? Yes. But that doesn’t mean we need to stop giving. It means we need to be discerning, and still generous. Giving feels wonderful. With or without money, it is something we can always offer, and it nourishes the spirit.
I love technology, when it works
I’ve been having tremendous difficulty migrating my content to a dot com. I’ve been very happy with WordPress, but must move to a dot com where I can get advertising, now a matter of financial survival. What will happen after that, I can’t know.
I will continue to write daily, of course, and to participate in this caring, funny, wise, literate and expanding community that spills over with laughter, tears, shared stories and lessons. (And I for one am looking forward to the Momalom Half-Drunk Challenge coming up soon!)
Meanwhile, I’ve put requests for help out into the blogosphere. And more than a few of you – you know who you are – are responding, including, just this morning, a complete stranger to whom I wrote. “Of course I’ll help,” he said.
Generosity is more than a time of year
Generosity is everywhere, and in abundance. Right here. While we are more attuned to generosity this time of year, let’s remember that it exists every day and everywhere. People want and need to help each other.
- Is there someone who needs your help?
- Were you the recipient of kindness or generosity recently?
Give. Pay it forward. When you can. Do it because it makes everything a little better for all of us. Do it for yourself, because you’ll feel terrific. And thank you, to those who are helping me.