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.