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Giving: Part 4 in a Series About Finding Balance

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This is the last installment of the Balance Series. I will not hold true to my typical posts and write an extremely long one. I think this portion speaks for itself, so I’ll just give you the short song and dance.

Some people tend to think of giving as donating money each week at church or putting money in the canister during the holidays. Giving money can make anyone on a budget cringe. But giving is such a wonderful gift for someone in need. So, I want to put these monetary thoughts to rest and assure each and every one of you that everyone can, in fact, give without reservation regardless of your personal economic situation.

First, let’s get rid of the idea that giving has to come in a monetary form. Giving can be done by donating clothing, time, or services to a group or person in need. I admit that I freely give money during the holidays, but I can’t do it all year long. Instead, I clean out my closet twice a year and give my gently used clothing to Youth Emergency Services. This center will give my clothes and other items to homeless youth in our area. I choose not to give to centers that resell my items because I wish to give freely. Even at a discounted price, some people still may not be able to afford the clothing. This is one way that you can give to someone.

Another way that you can give is by donating your time. There are soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and food pantries that can always use a helping hand. The people who work there are grateful for the help, and the people who need the services are thankful for your time and/or company. Also, you could start a youth program in your community that focuses on something as small as being active as a child to something as large as bully prevention in schools. All it takes is your imagination and willingness to be a part of someone’s life.

Second, I want to talk about the benefits of giving to you. There are very few things more satisfying to the soul than to help someone who needs it. This is one of the simplest ways make your soul feel good. Altruism is underrated. Holding a door for someone or offering to give a ride to a co-worker whose car won’t start leads to a pay-it-forward lifestyle in which humans come together to share their unique abilities and personalities.

Think if giving as a Makeover for Your Soul. Every life you touch may turn around and touch the life of another person.

Happy Giving!

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