We've an awful lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and it's put us in a mind to concentrate on the giving part of that holiday. Giving thanks, by giving back. Giving of one's time, talent, and resources. Helping other's out in gratitude and honor for those who have helped us through trials."Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart."Anne Frank
And we need your help. We're asking you to please take a moment to share your favorite ideas for giving back. Maybe it's something you've done, something you'd like to do, something you've seen in your community. Maybe it's a link to a story you read that impressed you. Maybe it's something that's been written on your heart by what you've seen in the world. It could be monetary support, it could be the gift of time, or it could be using your talents and skills to support those who need them.
What are your favorite charities and service organizations?
What need in the world are you passionate about assisting?
What are you, or someone you know, doing with the time, talents, or resources to which you have access?
I promise, I'm not asking you for anything other than ideas. Thoughtful and innovative ideas to share, creative ideas that motivate people to action. Ideas both simple, like taking last month's magazines to a retirement home, and profound, like Royer's Round Top Cafe and their mission to deliver a little bit of the heart of Texas to Sandy victims in the form of pie, and more.
I'm looking forward to sharing some of my favorite charities and service opportunities, too, including Eternal Threads, an organization I became familiar with through church, whose vision is to bring hope and justice to poor women and children in developing countries.
These days, the fury of political wrangling between, and about candidates and parties, the daily reports of war-torn battlefields, the perfectly tacky antics of a celebrity-driven 'reality' television-supported pop culture, the media's emphasis on the sturm and drang of current events, can make one weary, and, if you're like me, feeling a little hopeless about the human condition. However, there is evidence, often not considered as newsworthy, but reality, nonetheless, to the contrary. This video, below, recently circulating on social media sites, starts this week on a positive note. Maybe it will encourage you to find ways to 'give a little bit'.
Please take a moment to leave a comment telling us your favorite ideas for giving a little, (or a lot!). And have a great week!