As (I hope) you all know CREATE”S first anniversary party is coming up this week (Thursday, RSVP and put it in your calendar!), and what I may not have pointed out enough is that any donations/tips for the complimentary classes are going to Save the Children, a non-denominational charity that boasts an impressive percentage of funds actually going to the cause and not getting lost in admin), there will also be a raffle for said cause (YAY prizes!).
I’m bringing this up because at this time of year we often get very caught up in the consumer hubbub and are worried about, and in fact kind of trained to, mindlessly spend and give, but in places where the monetary cost is large and the gratitude often limited; ever got anyone something they asked for but in the “wrong” colour? And some didn’t hesitate to tell you, and ensure you felt kind of bad for not getting it “right” did they? What colour is “wrong” anyhow?!
What if we spent just $100 on a cause for those less fortunate? $100 you say!? Well yes, considering most of us will spend an average of $885 I figure you could somehow manage to spend “only” $785 on people who might never wear or use what you gave them, or perhaps “re-gift” it. In many cases we’re giving something to someone for whom we have no idea what to get, not because we genuinely have something for them that they’ll love, but because we feel obligated, and the enthusiasm they exhibit for receiving a fogless shaving mirror is highly evident in their forced smile and thanks. Obligation gifting: the best feeling of the season. NOT!
On the other hand, giving of your time or money during the season to those less fortunate is just about one of the most uplifting. In fact giving whether it be monetary, of time, of knowledge, of care, support, an old coat, or of love, is likely the most amazing feeling with the long-lasting mood-boosting effects.
And in mentioning the old coat, most of us have more than we need already, and we’re about to add to it. The effect of clutter is distracting to the mind, enough so that you are less likely to be productive in a cluttered space, or be able to focus on a task or series of them. Unclutter and make room for focus (on a fitness or lifestyle goal perhaps?). I know it can feel like you’re acting with reckless abandon when you give away a lot, like all that stuff you hung on to that you told yourself you’d use/wear last year, and still haven’t. Yes, it’s time.
Let’s also share this season; of course there are the kids that “need” the x-box and such, but most people if given a choice between a fogless shaving mirror and a gift you made, would choose a crocheted doily, bar of soap, or slice of pie knowing you thought of them over the alternative even if doilies aren’t their groove. Because it’s groovy when people share their true gifts. If you don’t know what yours is, it’s the thing you create that you don’t share because you’re embarrassed someone will judge it, or that you haven’t done in years that you love and aren’t sure why you stopped. Start doing it again, and tell that part of you that’s scared to pull up your bootstraps and be bold, you’ll never know what it could be if you don’t share it.
After all we came with nothing, we only have the money, time, knowledge, care support, talent, love, and the old coat while we’re here. Even if you love that coat more than you love life itself, good luck taking it with you!
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