A year of giving

Leila Raven Post in General

This is something I’ve been giving a lot of thought to. I’ve decided I want to undertake a special project for 2009. A year of giving. A year where I make a conscious effort to engage in at least one thoughtful act of giving each and every day. I’d like to invite you to consider your own impact on the world. On the effect of making small changes in how we move through the world. I think often we don’t think of, our underestimate our personal power, our ability to affect the world around us and to create meaningful changes in the world. Individually every little decision we make can add up to big changes. Our choices and actions can have powerful consequences for positive and meaningful change. I encourage everyone to think about being the change they want to see in the world.

I would like to start my year of giving with a small but symbolic act. I chose this act of giving for my first because I think it can demonstrate how by working together, how very very little effort, very little time, and no personal cost, right now, you and I can be a part of a number of big changes. Really think on this. Don’t under estimate the power of small acts and actions.

It’s as simple as this, bellow is a ‘click to donate’ website.  How it works is charities get advertising sponsors who will donate to that charity on behalf of people that ‘click’ to donate. Simple as that. Your donation, your click… the sponsors give a few pennies, sometimes only a fraction of a cent, sometimes as much as dime. Very little. How much difference does this make?… Millions. You think what difference does a few pennies make? All the difference.  These sites tell you what impact your click makes and will tell you combined how much difference people have made together.  Doing something so small, so simple. The lesson is this if we all take the time to just give a tiny bit more. It doesn’t take a lot. It doesn’t take great sacrifices.  This is not about big heroic acts. This is about becoming aware that all our little actions have big consequences as they fold in to the weft and weave of the fabric that is life.  Millions of people making a tiny change, adds up to an enormous change. It changes worlds. It saves lives. Your tiny little clicks come together with my tiny little clicks, and a few more, and hundreds more, thousands more, millions more… and all of a sudden we’ve changed the world.  Many of these websites show the total of money raised so far. As you click through with me, be really aware of what changes YOU are making.

I challenge you and encourage you to take some time each day to think about your impact on the world. To look for opportunities to give. To realize how every cent, every click, every smile, every breath you take, every gift you give of yourself impacts the entire world around you. One person at a time, one small gift at a time.

Join me in a year of giving.

Click to donate at Care2

It may not seem like much, the point is not about making grand extravagant gestures. What makes a difference in life is not always about huge acts of consciousness. The point is how we live the ordinary lives we already live is important. All the little things you do every moment of every day changes our world. All your little decisions are the important decisions. It’s about deciding to move through the world with the conscious awareness of our personal power to create and to change the world around us.  How you talk to others, how you look at others, what you say, if you smile, if you decide to leave a tip, pay a compliment, buy a friend lunch, listen to someone who needs to talk, tell someone you care, appreciate someones hard work, recycle something… all these little things, are what makes up the fabric of our lives. This project is about me exploring my own consciousness around being and giving.

There are no acts of giving too small, no acts of giving that are unimportant. Every person can affect change in the world. It doesn’t matter how you choose to do it, but take the time, today, and every day, to be a little more aware of what impact you are having on the world around you. On letting yourself be aware of what opportunities to give have presented themselves for you to take advantage of, to make the right choice, the giving choice.

Day 1 – Today I gave an hour of my time joining the care2 website and ‘clicking to donate’ through Care2.  In doing so I have:

– reduced one lb of carbon/greenhouse gasses.
– saved some small area of rain forest.
– helped baby seals.
– helped keep pollutants out of the ocean.
– helped contribute to jaguar habitat.
– supported the Jane Goodall Institution for primates.
– helped support a boy named Jorge have food and education for a month.
– helped the humane society.
– helped stop violence against women.
– helped raise breast cancer funds.

I’ve also got lots of great information and leads from the Care2 site on ways I can fill my year with giving. I’ve joined Care2 and my name on there is LeilaRaven if you join, feel free to add me as a friend.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~Leo F. Buscaglia

P.S. A friend of mine is having a sale… Cherry Blossom in Blue, lots of amazing collectables. She has a few pieces up that I think are amazing, snuff bottles, which I love, and unique little goodies of all kinds. I love to browse online, you should check it out if you have a chance, you may find something irresistable.

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