As I’ve mentioned before, it is my belief that everyone should contribute time and money to charity. It’s good karma. It’s a learning experience. It will encourage you to manage your finances appropriately. It will (if you have children) model good values for your kids. And—argue with me if you like—it’s your social responsibility.
Don’t tell me you have no time. Make time.
Don’t tell me you have no money. You have internet access (and possibly a computer). You have enough money to do something.
I don’t care how you do it, but I promise you that if you think you can’t—because time is too tight, because there isn’t a spare cent to be had—that you can find a way, and the results will be worth it.
There are a couple more posts coming up later today that I wrote yesterday. I’m not actually here today, because I’m walking 60 miles for breast cancer research this weekend. This is not because I am a great or altruistic person; it’s because it’s something I felt called to do. I’ll tell you all about it when I get back. But it’s already been an incredible journey (with fundraising and training) so I can only imagine what I’ll be thinking once it’s over.
I don’t see this sort of thing as an imposition or a bother. It’s important. It matters to me. I feel honored to be able to help in some small way. And I’m not just talking about the walk I’m on; I give time/money in various places. No, I’m not rich (far from it). But I have enough. I want to share what I have, lest I become overly attached to the stuff of life and devalue the people around me.
I’ve struggled with how to talk about this here, because I do believe it’s important, and it’s hard to talk about without sounding preachy. All I can tell you is that if you’re not currently giving of yourself in this way, you’re missing out. There’s a lot to be learned about yourself and your finances when you start considering charity as indispensible to your budget as gasoline or groceries.
So just do me a favor, this weekend. Think about it. What can you do? Where do you feel called to offer help? I’m not sure I recommend the walking until your feet turn into bloody stumps thing (not sure what I was thinking, there), but there are myriad ways to give of yourself. One (or more) is right for you.
See you all next week.