Today, as I was coming from getting lunch, a man stopped me. He was looking to sign people up to give to a charity. It was reputable and well known and I signed up. Normally I would not talk or write about this. In my opinion, giving to charity is nothing to brag about. If you are truly doing it to give, it is a private matter and you do not talk about it or how much you are giving. You do not brag about it, or wear it as a status symbol. You do it quietly and humbly.
The only reason I write about it today is that with all the talk about being generous to myself, it is also important to talk about being generous to those who are less fortunate. We are all human, and all of us, at one time or another in our lives, will fall on hard times. It could be a loss of a job, sickness, divorce or a multitude of things. In this time, in this age, in this economy, in this world, it is more important than ever that we remember to be tolerant and to take care of each other when we can.
We are very fortunate just to be born in this country, the United States of America, where things are more plentiful that in many places around the world. There is no difference between a baby born here on US soil and one who is born in a third world country, except one happened to by lucky enough to be born where there is plenty.
I have been fortunate and blessed, but there are times that I have been dependent on others. If you can, give of your time, your compassion, your talent or even your money. Quietly. Humbly. Thankfully. Joyfully.