Giving Will Impact You More Than Receiving Ever Will
With Thanksgiving being right around the corner (at the time this article was written), we are reminded of a time where we are to give thanks for all of our blessings. Whether it is our family, close friends, spouse, children, health, a steady income, food or shelter, we must remember to not take the smaller things in life for granted.
There have been many points in my life where I took so much for granted, and I am very sure you too can relate. As humans, we tend to focus solely on everything we don’t have and forget about everything we already do have. This is the recipe that is known to bring infinite unhappiness. Unhappy people focus on what they don’t have whereas happy people focus on everything they do have.
It’s not until we lose something that we tend to value it more (supply and demand). By shifting your focus on what you have you will begin to see all that you have been blessed with.
I remember my first humbling experience as I traveled to my mother’s homeland, Guatemala, that I started to realize how blessed I really was. As we traveled to different parts of the country we saw both the good and the bad. I recall seeing garbage on fire on the side streets because there was no infrastructure set in place to support a Waste Management system. I saw children with their parents selling handmade jewelry to help bring in some sort of income. In addition to children eating out of the dumpsters because they were too poor to afford a meal.
As a society, especially in the United States, we have become so used to being handicapped by “wanting” that we have forgotten the power of “giving”. We have become so obsessed with being needy and always wanting more that we fail to realize how much we already have. Materialistic as we are, there has to come a point in your life where the world no longer revolves around your own selfishness but more so for your desire to give to others.If you’re not happy when you have nothing, you won’t be happy when you have everythingClick To Tweet
Giving back to me is a very humbling experience. It reminds me how good I have it by realizing how many people there are out there in the world that are in dire need. Not everyone has a house to call a home, food to call a meal, money to call an income, a job to call a living, or even a dream to call hope.
Let’s take the time to stop worrying about ourselves and give back to others. Do this at least once a month and you will see how good it really makes you feel. Whether you volunteer for a charitable event, provide mentorship, donate funds, or raise funds for any given cause, do it with genuine compassion and do it for the betterment of others. Take the time to remind yourself how lucky you truly are compared to those less fortunate and make it a point to help lift them as you climb.When you Learn, Teach. When you Get, Give -Maya AngelouClick To Tweet
Within the next few days, in particular, ElevatedPost has collaborated with the owner of Done By Nikki, Nicole Doñe, to create 100 blessing bags to give out Thanksgiving Day to the homeless. The bags will include the following items:
Toothbrush | Toothpaste | Mini Bar Soap | Mini Lotion Band-Aids | Alcohol Pads | Comb | Deodorant | Apple Sauce | Chips | Water | Socks | Gloves
As you read this list, take a moment to realize how lucky you and I really are. What seems to be overlooked by us as irrelevant, can be a real necessity to others. Click here if you wish to donate to our cause as we continue to raise funds. We will post pictures on our site after Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016.
In advance we’d like to thank the following individuals for making a difference in the donations they provided:
- Nicole Doñe
- Elliot Rojas
- Carlos Bello
- Roberto Green
- Joseph Pena
- Pedro Rojas
- Wandy Peguero
- Jordan Wilkinson
- Thomas Payne
- Suellen Pulchera
- Kisha Ortiz
- Melissa Mieses
- Danny Rodriguez
- Amy Graubard
- Jairo Montero
- Julio Cabral
- Ariel Mieses
- Ivan Fuentes
- Jasmine Gonzalez
- Marcos Leite
- Linel Bello
- Fernando Perez
We APPRECIATE you!