Occasionally, I get down on myself. Sometimes its because of what I’m doing and other times it’s because of what I’m not doing. I recently got tickets to an event, through Make-A-Wish, called CNN Heroes. I had no idea what it was about so I decided to do some research. It’s an annual event that honors people who are doing great things in their community. The top ten nominees receive $25,000 dollars and the Hero of the Year receives $100,000 to keep doing what their doing and there are some AMAZING stories.
There is Jorge Munoz who spends $500 dollars of his $700 weekly paycheck to feed the hungry in New York, with home-cooked meals, 365 days of the year, for the last four years.
And there are countless more people who are doing big and little things everywhere to make a positive contribution.
These people inspire me. I am in awe of what the human heart and will can do. So, I’ve just done something I’ve been meaning to do for well over a year now. I signed up for KIVA. It’s a micro-loan program where you can personally lend someone money so they can accomplish a goal of theirs–whether it be expanding their farm, going to school or building a theatre.
I donated $25, that would otherwise be spent frivolously on two DVD’s or a fancy meal or a new top, to six women in Vietnam trying to further their businesses.
So even though I might not be able to uproot myself from my ordinary life, at least I’m able to give back in a grass roots kind of way.
So I make this a challenge to you, next time you have an opportunity to give back. Do it. And if no one asks you, seek out the opportunity to do so.
Give to non-profits. Volunteer your time. Buy a homeless man a hotdog.
Whatever it is, I promise you’ll feel better than anything else you spend your time and money on that day. Pinkie swear.