Some of you may think I’m the Grinch when I get done, but why do we have November 28th as Giving Tuesday? If we give on November 28th, does this mean the rest of the year we can ignore those who are less fortunate and opportunities to change the world?
I believe that what is vital about giving is that you do it not just for one day, but ongoing. You give not because everyone else is doing it, not because you feel obligated, not because somebody tells you to or will ask about it, but because it has become part of your being. It should just be a piece of who you are. When I first came into the business, our industry was giving Bill Gates a bad rap because he wasn’t motivated to give. I do not believe it was lack of motivation, but more timing. He had not yet grown into giving. Now let me ask you, “Have you grown into giving? Are you giving more of your love, your time, and your excess wealth than you did six months ago, last year, or five years ago?”
I’m not sure how much any of us are born to be philanthropists, but I think we all have the opportunity to expand this part of our life. Of course, growing in giving means different things to different people, but are you growing if you just give on Giving Tuesday, the same as you did last year? I suppose by appointing Tuesday, November 28 as Giving Tuesday it encourages those who rarely give to contribute and then the rest of the year they can forget it. We have absolved ourselves of any guilt because we gave on Giving Tuesday. Really?
Every day we wake up we should find a way to give more. Giving doesn’t even have to cost us money. However, if we are going to grow into giving it does require us to be intentional and purposeful. So if you want to make a difference today really, this is what is most important…Have a Plan.
- Start by asking yourself this question, “If I could change one thing about the world, what would that be?”
- Evaluate your actions. Are they aligned every day with helping to change the world?
- Now that you’ve narrowed your focus spend some time exploring local, national and worldwide charities which are focused on implementing the change you want to see in the world. Get in touch with someone at your church or place of worship and ask them to help guide you. Use online tools to investigate opportunities.
- Write a plan for what you want to accomplish regarding learning more and giving more of your love, time, and money for each day, each month, the year.
- Evaluate how much love you are giving the world. How often do you take the time to pay attention to the one who is sad, lost or downtrodden?
I hope you grow into the fact that giving is love, caring and showing concern for those we know, for those we don’t know and maybe even those that are easy to ignore or hate or dislike. Because if we practice Giving Tuesday every day, I think we would fill the world with love and care and that many of the problems we have in the news media would minimize. I believe that if each of us every day woke up with the intention to give to someone that day, the news media would have a hard time finding negative news to publish.
Join me, today, in giving to those around you, those you do not know, those that are not like you. This world will be better because of your giving today and tomorrow.