“You can’t have a perfect day without doing something for someone who’ll never be able to repay you.”— John Wooden
My mother would have agreed with John Wooden. When I was a child, she taught me that doing something for someone else benefits both them and you. Once I actually performed an act of kindness, I understood exactly what she meant. There is nothing quite like the feeling you get when you have made a difference in someone else’s life. Giving makes you feel good!
If you regularly volunteer for or regularly contribute financially to an organization, you already know what I mean.
I know of no better cure for sadness, anger, or depression than volunteering. You simply cannot feel sad, angry or depressed when you dish out food at a local mission, or hold a sick child in a hospital ward, or teach someone how to read, or tend to and stroke an animal that’s been abandoned. At this time of year, it is particularly meaningful.
So if you are feeling down, check your local paper for the nearest mission, shelter or hospital. They need you and doing something for them will make you feel really good! Once you try it, you will be hooked!
I would like to suggest that if you don’t already support an organization or charity that means something special to you, make it a goal for 2011 to find one whose mission really resonates with you, and make a contribution. If you can’t afford a contribution of money, consider volunteering and making a contribution of your time. None of these organizations can exist without both financial contributions and the work of volunteers.
I have contributed to many organizations over my lifetime. The one I have chosen for 2011 is the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (http://www.isfoundation.com). Please click on the link and read their mission statement.
Ian Somerhalder is not the only “celebrity” with philanthropic pursuits, but he may be one of the most hardworking and sincere. What I particularly like about his approach to the work of his foundation is his desire to engage our youth.
I hope you will check it out – there is something for everyone at the IS Foundation, and many ways to make a contribution.
I have created a list of organizations that have worthy missions to get you started in your search for one to adopt as your own if you don’t already have one. http://bonniejpreston.com/4thDimensionEmotional.aspx
If you do have one, and it’s not on my list and you’d like to add it, please contact me and let me know. I will be happy to add it. I’d like to see this list grow and grow.
And always remember that we can give to each other every single day, with a warm smile, a kind word, and a heartfelt gesture.
May you and yours be blessed with health and happiness during this holiday season.
Have a great week!
“No person was ever honored for what he received. He was honored for what he gave.”– Calvin Coolidge
“It is possible to give without loving, but it is impossible to love without giving.”— Richard Braunstein
“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”— Albert Einstein