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Why Not Give Year Round.

I am not in the habit of writing blog post, I usually reblog and call it a day. I have been noticing the past few decades on certain days, holidays and events, we humans are so full of joy and the spirit of giving. I am curious, when those holidays, seasons and events are over, what happens to those we show an interest in for the few hours that a holiday, a season such as Christmas and an event such as breast cancer awareness month…are over?

Where do the veterans go when all the free shit for Veterans Day have gone away? Where do donations dry up and disappear to once Breast Cancer Awareness month is done? There are hundreds of events, holidays and special months celebrated worldwide every year.

What becomes of our giving spirit when there are no Thanksgiving day, Christmas season, special month of awareness, holidays for certain groups of humans to call attention to their plight? Has it occurred to other humans that giving, caring, supporting and donating to causes is not, should not, must not just be seasonal?

What makes us think that giving, caring, being helpful of those less fortunate than us, those in need of medical assistance, those starving, homeless and near desperation are not so during all weeks, and months of every year.

Restaurants give Veterans free meals on Veterans Day, but ignore Vets 364 days a year.

Some shelters, hell most shelters, give the homeless a free meal every day. ONE free meal. Can you or I survive on ONE free meal a day.

Come Thanksgiving or Christmas, we as a species are in a giving mood and just might give to a down and out human being we pass on the street, just might. What does that needy person do the other 363 days a year that we ignore them. Step over or walk around them with no care in the world for them.

We pat ourselves on the back when we go to a homeless shelter with blankets on Christmas day, or serve meals at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving. Makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Give yourselves a standing ovation.

Now tell me exactly what you do the rest of the year. Think the homeless, the hungry, the sick, the shut in, the poor, the hunted…are not sick, shut in, poor, homeless, hungry or in danger of dying the rest of the year?

My question is this…If we can be in a joyous giving spirit for a grand total of maybe 3 days a year, what keeps us from caring, giving, donating or volunteering those other 362 days a year?

Give thanks year round by helping, volunteering, donating all year long and not just when it’s convenient for you. When it’s expected. When it’s the thing to do because of some freaking calendar. Do it 24/7/365 because it’s the right thing to do.

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  1. That was a breath of clear air to read. Thank you. I agree…we notice need more at holidays. I have never understood it. I used to work with a cancer charity and every Christmas there was a huge ‘push’ to make the most of the ‘giving season’. While I could understand the need to make the most of a period where people would help, it also seemed to me that charities were inadvertently saying it was okay to only give at holidays.People need help every single day and they are not always the ones who are obviously in need. I have been homeless and hungry too. I doubt I would still be here without the kindness of others.

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    • Homelessness was also a fact of my life once upon a time. I was blessed to get my shit together and get out of that life and back to “normal.” I learned a lot about the US system and how it does NOT work for common everyday people. 146 days I was homeless and hungry and lost. I will never forget those 146 days. Ever. I give something to someone daily. It’s my religion. Help one human each day, more if I am able. BUT one human in need a day gets something from me, and thats my legacy.

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      • I can’t think of a much better legacy, my friend. I was not homeless for long, thank goodness, but I was little more than a child at the time. It is scary and hopelessness soon sets in. If you don’t know how to work within what system there is, you really are lost and the gaps in the net are wide.

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      • Thats the problem with a system to help the poor thats set up and run by wealthy humans who have no concept of what it means to be poor. The gaps and cracks in said system are wide and deep and the wealthy could gave a damn. It’s up to us to help those in need.

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  2. i think people get so caught up in their own lives that it sometimes takes a nudge to make them wake up and see what’s going on around them. I don’t believe we’re mean or unkind, more that we’re all trying to ‘survive’ in our own way.
    Good post, and I agree, we all need to do more. {{hugs}}

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  3. You are right that we should be proactive in helping others all year around and not just on high days and holidays. Some people are; I have people I give to every week of the year. Not everyone thinks of it though and so we run charity projects to give people who don’t know what to do or don’t think to do it an opportunity to participate and spread some love. It is not a bad thing as it does help. I have learned to take the best of what is available.

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    • I appreciate your work for those less fortunate that we are, thats how humans should treat other humans and animals. Kindness cost us nothing but time and caring. Your heart is why I admire you so Ms. Robbie.

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  4. It’s a tough dynamic, isn’t it? Trying to help those who are homeless is tough. Not everyone who’s in need is nice. Some of them steal from you or cause other damage. Sometimes it seems like trying to love other people is only heartache. But there are some beautiful successes in there, and the effort needs to be made, regardless.

    I think the holiday reminders are good, because some giving is better than none at all. It’s a lot like the homilies in church during big holidays. The priest usually expends an invitation to everyone to come all during the year, not just Easter and Christmas.

    Anyway, we can just hope that the good feeling from helping is enough that people get greedy for it and want to have it some more. You’re right–we’re all we’ve got. If we don’t help each other, what are we? Is that the kind of people we want to be?

    The world has serious problems, and it’s up to us, not some government program, to try to fix them. Even if it’s something small. Some days, I just pick up trash off the street because I’m not strong enough to do anything else. All we can do is hope our small gifts of love add up to something worthwhile.

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    • What my post says is humans need to help humans 24/7/365. Not just on holidays and special event days. I was very clear about my focus when it comes to those in need. I can be very specific because I do something for the needy on a daily basis. I’ve been poor, homeless and hungry. I know what is being done and what needs to be done. Church is a joke, as are most government agencies and humans are no better. We ignore humans who are suffering, we pay them no mind whatsoever. There but for grace, go I. And you.

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  5. Well said – and heartfelt here. I wish I could wave a wand and end World Hunger — then wave it again and give everyone a home — and one more time for adequate health care.

    What’s sad to me is that those of us who read your post probably don’t need the nudge, and those who probably need MORE than a nudge will probably never read it.

    HOWEVER, posts like this one encourage those of us with hearts and minds inclined toward change to never give up, to keep waving our kindness flags — on certain days and every day.

    With that in mind, Happy Thanksgiving my friend.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!

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