The Weight of a Snowflake

This states perfectly the weight acts of charity carry. Eventually all the goodness amasses and equates to something much larger!!

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Not too long ago in a place not too far away, a field mouse asked a wise old owl what is the weight of a snowflake. “Why nothing more than nothing,” answered the owl.

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5 Things to Understand About Philanthropy

8Today I have challenged you to stop being an “almost-volunteer.”  The intent of helping does not replace the action of helping and I believe giving of yourself is critical to finding fulfillment in life.  Being philanthropic means to love humanity, which can be exercised by anyone, at any time, in any place on Earth.

I hope today’s discussion has brought about change in one person that will go out and make a difference in another’s life.  Will you be that one?

http://tinybuddha.com/blog/give-others-gift-happiness/

19 Healthy Reasons to Help Others

photo 1There is a reason that living a charitable life is one of the 4 Pillars of Successful Living and a cornerstone of the Dream Big Community!   Did you realize there are physiological changes in the body when you help others?  Well there are and this article on Huffington Post talks about 19 healthy reasons to help others:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/28/health-benefits-of-volunteering-helping-others_n_909713.html

How to Stop Being an ‘”Almost-Volunteer”: 1 Simple Step

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On Saturday Evelina and I had the privilege of helping an organization called Hoskins Park Ministries repair the outside of a house they are renovating for homeless men.  I responded to a friend’s post on Facebook to help.  The post had a lot of responses, but no one saying yes.  So I instantly decided it would be a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

Although I am limited somewhat physically, I was given the task of helping to caulk some cracks on the exterior to prep for paint.  The house was built in 1910 and has seen better days.  Over the years the wood siding has warped and weathered and needed to be sealed.  The sealant will minimize the air flowing through those cracks and was the simplest fix considering the limited budget.

While talking to the volunteer director my mind was inspired with the words of a commercial I had heard the day prior:

Don’t be an almost-volunteer.  Almost volunteering is the exact same as not volunteering at all.

11227606_1669834286618870_7996562946654060831_nAlmost-volunteering is an interesting concept.  So often we are presented with the opportunity to do good, but we have to move or we have ball games or we have to work or we have a garage sale or we have a hair appointment or we have tickets to a show or we have…and I understand that there are times when a conflict in scheduling disallows you from helping.  But do you always have an excuse when it comes to volunteering your time?  Do you always have a reason to not participate when asked to volunteer?

I have thought about the almost-volunteer.  It is a defense mechanism designed to help our mind maintain a positive self-image in the light of non-participation in charity.  It is a way for our mind to count our intent in the same light as actually having participated.  In this way, the mind still maintains a positive self-image because we would have volunteered if we would not have had a conflict.  In my opinion, the problem arises when you always have a conflict, yet justify your lack of action based on your intent.

I am not going to beat this topic to death, just wanted to present the thought.

11891188_1669834153285550_5305561152341351811_nMy challenge is to evaluate your volunteering resume’.  If you are an almost-volunteer you can change that by simply making a phone call to a local charity and signing up to help.

The self-fulfillment you so desperately seek will only be found when you step out of yourself and start to practice a life of charity.

Just a thought for a Monday morning…

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