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 Helping Others Helps You: 6 Ways to Fill Your Heart

IMG_7051Today’s topic is how to stop being an “almost-volunteer.”  It is very easy to find ways to volunteer in your community.  As a matter of fact, you can start in your own neighborhood by picking up trash or walking an elderly person’s dog or helping carry in groceries for a friend.

Mental Health America has a great website that I visit often to research upcoming topics and today I found a great article on our topic.  I hope you enjoy!

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/help-others

I give… because it feeds my soul

This is one of my favorite posts I have read about giving. There is no greater giving than giving your time and energy!

Sali Says

“You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran

 

I follow @michaelchatman on Twitter. Michael is a ‘Global Ambassador of Giving’ and “one of America’s most listened to voices in philanthropy”.  He hosts #WHYiGive, every Tuesday on Twitter, where he encourages his followers to say – in 141 characters, including the hashtag #WHYiGive – why THEY give.  The reasons given are inspirational  – and varied. 

Reading through the tweets made me reflect on why I give and there is only one answer – because it feeds my soul.

I have met a lot of people in life who haven’t quite got the hang of ‘giving’.  Take volunteering, for example.  Someone I thought I knew really well once said to me “I don’t understand why anyone would ever choose to volunteer.  Why would…

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A new care factor.

A great story! Many of my favorite topics: giving/helping others, self-realization and learning to fix my own problems. You stare in that mirror as long as it takes! And keep practicing a life of charity as it will bring fulfillment like nothing else!

looking in.

Have you ever found yourself looking in the mirror at your reflection and asking yourself, “Well, what now?” Ever asked yourself, “What are you waiting for?” I was today pondering those very questions as I stood in a hospital elevator staring at my reflection in the elevator mirror trying to work out why I was so restless. The look on my face said it all because as I stood there staring at myself with a very restless and heavy heart I realised that things needed to change and, that it was time to change it. Let me explain further.

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I have a heart for helping people, especially the hurting and the broken. My heart breaks when I see someone hurting and all I want to do is go and comfort them, hug them and try to make them feel better. I also find that I at times attract people who are…

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How To Practice Kindness

Need help with practicing kindness?  Here’s a few suggestions:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kindness-blog/40-simple-ways-to-practice-kindness_b_5875484.html

image credit: dave and les Jacobs...getty images

image credit: dave and les Jacobs…getty images

Big Dreamer

 

A Thought

I posted this today on my personal Facebook page and thought I would share:

 

I can’t help but think about several articles I have read lately contemplating how the United States will fall. If we understand anything from history, we know it will happen eventually, as all great nations, kingdoms, empires have fallen: Roman, English, French, Byzantine, etc.  I have one simple word that I believe encapsulates why the US will eventually fall: respect. We lack it. We lack respect for our own bodies, we lack respect for the original inhabitants of this great land we took, we lack respect for the land itself and we lack respect for others; especially the elderly, the poor and the sick.

As a whole, we no longer care about anything other than money, greed, acquiring possessions and making life better for ourselves. I know some will argue that there are good people doing good deeds, and I agree. Still doesn’t change the fact that we lack respect in a very general sense. We have become very self-focused.

People are taking other’s lives at an alarming rate. Some historians and economists speculated on the dark side of capitalism, that corporate greed filters down into society creating a system of consumers, focused mainly on getting, buying, acquiring stuff.

 

image credit: teachlovenothate.org

image credit: teachlovenothate.org

 

My Challenge:

Now to those that are reading and saying, “Yeah but there are people doing great things in this world to help others.” I ask you “Are you one of those?” Do you have enough respect for mankind to do something about it? To reach out to a homeless man and hand him a sandwich? To give your time at the women’s shelter? To throw a guy a dollar? To visit shut-ins or deliver food?  What are you doing? I have a friend that lives as an example of how to help. Organizing golf tourneys for needy families and collecting Christmas presents and driving 4 hours to deliver to a family in need. When was the last time you went out of your way to help someone?

For many of us, it has been years since we looked up from our mobile long enough to see the suffering in the world. It is time for you to change. Mankind is depending on you.

 

Big Dreamer