Day 6 of a year of giving

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I’m having a very low energy day today so I decided to seek out opportunities to give online. Besides the click-to-donate websites that I mentioned on day 1, another way to be involved as a giving activist online is in signing petitions. Just as the care2 website is a secure safe reputable click to donate website there are petition sites like GoPetition which are secure safe reputable sites where you can sign online petitions.  You can find petitions relevant to you geographically and in terms of areas of interest that you wish to support.

For instance one of the petitions I signed today was for continued medical treatment for an elderly man in Winnipeg here in Canada.  I was the 3783 signature.  Petitions are ways you can give by influencing people with more power in certain situations to make ethical decisions. Petitions can and do get things done. Don’t underestimate the power of your ‘signature’.

Day 5 of a year of giving

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Is a lot like day 4 was, except today the bed I gave away was a single and not a queen.  I also started a group on FetLife called Love.

Day 4

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Today for my 4th day of a year of gifting.  I gifted a queen sized bed.  It hasn’t been claimed yet, but I’ve put it out there for offer just now and I know someone is going to scoop it.

Have stuff you need to rehome? Have you ever heard freecycle? I belong to our local freecycle group and it’s a really good way to gift things you no longer need or want.  Honestly, you may think something you have is just junk and no one at all would want it, before you take it to the dump, check freecycle out and post it.  It doesn’t matter what it is,  if you let enough people know you have it and don’t want it, you can likely find a home for something.

Freecycle is an easy way to give if you don’t have a lot of time, or easy way to transport things to drop off locations, shelters, charities, etc. You just post an offer for the item you want to gift, when someone emails you wanting it, you arrange with them for them to come get it from you. Now it’s not just for gifting. I’ve found some great finds of things I needed being offered on freecycle.

Now literally, the more you give the more you get.. if we all get in on the action together. Yes, you could sell some of that stuff accumulating in your home probably. I could have sold this bed. It’s in good shape. Someone is going to get an excellent comfy queen sized bed. I got this bed off of freecycle myself actually. Can you imagine a world where we all freecycled? I’m not making any money giving away this bed, but I didn’t spend any money getting this bed either. What if we all just gifted away everything we didn’t need… we’d just be taking care of each other. No buying, no selling, just giving.

Give a little more, it feels good.

Day 3

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Day three of my year of giving… A few opportunities for giving today arose, not a lot, I’m not sure I’m ‘giving satisfied’ I might have to cook up something else later. However I did manage a few things. I did go click my daily click to donates at care2 and spent some time investigating the Better to Bless website that was recommended by a friend.   I had a wonderful time going shopping with a new friend, who I hope to get to know better and see again and hang out some time. We went for tea after and had a lovely time chatting. I did pick up the tea tab, but I’m not sure I consider that a special act of giving. It has me thinking about what ‘qualifies’ as a giving, just about anything can and does. I have to remind myself not to underestimate the gifts that seem natural to give that I would normally do as having value in my conscious ‘year of giving’ plan.

We donated a few dollars to the food bank today as well. They’re really hurting this winter season still, demand is still high, and giving is still down.  Often people give more to the food bank around the holidays and things drop off and they struggle. It’s a good time to donate to the foodbank anytime.

I chatted with and complimented a man standing behind me in line at Value Village, he looked down and I managed to get a smile.

I think the most precious thing I had to give today was my sincere love and appreciation for the wonderful woman I spent the afternoon with. I hope it’s a gift she has recieved, and I think so. That I felt honoured to spend time with her, and admired all the wonderful things I learned about who she is, the wonderful personality, incredibly caring and giving, intelligent and strong, healthy and beautiful person she is.  It was certainly the best gift I recieved today was the time spent getting to know her better.

How blessed am I, a wonderful time with a new friend last night, and a wonderful time with a new friend today.

Okay, I’ve decided I’m gifting satiated after all. Besides, I’m sure opportunities to give will find me tomorrow.

Day 2

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Part of my plan for this year of giving is for much of the process to be spontaneous and unplanned. I did look at things a bit in advance. After all, what if an opportunity to give didn’t just present itself each and every day?

I wonder things like, for someone like me, who doesn’t leave their home much, who stays on the couch, who has pain and other issues. How can I give? I don’t have much money. What do I have? Well, I think we all have a lot.

I think I have a house full of stuff I don’t need.  I have my eyes and my heart perched for giving opportunities.  Yesterday for instance I had my gift planned for the new years first day, the care2 website. Then I found out a new friend of mine was having a sale on her website. Ah-ha, and opportunity to give, I let people know about her wonderful site and her wonderful sale. Do you know anyone in business for themselves in this tough economy? Do all your friends know about your other friends businesses? Is there someones business that you can promote through word of mouth advertising? If so you have another opportunity to give. Maybe it’s just a friend who needs to sell a couch, tell some other friends, ask around, anyone looking to buy a couch. You may help two people, someone needing to sell a couch, and someone needing a couch.

Yesterday a friend was worried about some potential healing/scarring, and I realized I had some special scar bandages I don’t need and likely won’t use, they’re relatively costly. So that inspired today’s gift, which is mailing her the scar pads.  As I said before, I have a feeling I have a house full of stuff I don’t need.

So today has left me curious. Will the universe unfold in such a way that opportunities to give will present themselves everyday? I wonder if more gifts will find their way to be given through me today. I hope so.

A year of giving

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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.