I have been blessed with an amazing life. No, I am not finishing up a bottle of Merlot or asleep as I write this. I've been through many ups and downs, more in the last couple of years to make up for the next couple of lifetimes. But, when looked at as a whole, those things have nothing on me.
To some degree, giving has always been a part of my life. I like helping others where I can. The start in this goal for 2011 is to make my giving more mindful, more purposeful. I want to really think about the giving I already do and really look for opportunities to give elsewhere.
I plan on continuing my current giving - FCF church, American Red Cross, Girls on the Run. I'm also going to reach out more - I took on my first shift at the Cold Weather Shelter in Frederick last week. WHAT A HUMBLING EXPERIENCE!!! That is something that made me believe that first sentence even more!! These are not people in some third world country, these are people from my community. They have nowhere to go. It broke my heart, but it made me feel like I was exactly where I needed to be to help and it made me take another look at my life and the gifts that I have.
Here's another chance to join me...try mindful giving. Up your giving in the new year.