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  • What I learned about giving.....

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    4 posts, 4 voices, 737 views, started Jan 7, 2011

    Posted on Friday, January 7, 2011 by Jane Mora

    • Amethyst

      Last year I was unexpectedly unemployed in July. Of course the market like it is...yada~yada yada...I am still looking.

      With no job I have had to get to spend more time with distractions, no real routine like I used to have.  No auto-pilot like I have been on since I started having children in 1984. Nope...Just me...and the cats...and the internet.

      So to keep my mind occupied I started to dabble in different projects. I have a scattered brain, so that is hard for me. I needed to get out of the house and try to make myself feel like a better person.  I joined a group in my church and started volunteering for the food pantry.  

      The food pantry is a humbling place. Since I am not working I know money is tight but we stretch it somehow and make things work.  There are a lot of people out of work and having to humble themselves to make it by week by week.

      It is always easier for me to throw a buck or two at someone and feel like it’s a good deed or in some way “helping” someone. It’s not personal. I don’t have to think about it. I can give with no personal contact. I don’t have to decide who is worthy of my time or money...that is left to someone else. It will be given to someone who asks for help.  

      But there are many people out there who NEED help but don’t ASK for help. Does that make any sense? I know because I am one of those people.  

      So this year I will start paying closer attention to those around me. I want my giving to be more personal. More of ME. I want my goal to be willing to offer my time when a friend has had a hard week and take their kids for a night. Maybe take a box of diapers to one of the moms on a tight budget.  Maybe make supper for a neighbor. Little things that make my giving more personal and thoughtful.  

      Now that I’ve gotten to know ME a little better I have hope for myself yet!

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          Linda L wrote Jan 25, 2011
        • Giving is good for the heart.  Recently, my daughter and friends put together some treats (w/ fruit)to take downtown to give to the homeless shelter.  This gave them a good feeling to be a part of helping the needy and they hope to do this again.

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