I usually take holidays off, but I decided to write this in advance. For those who are Christmas folks, I hope today is a beautiful day of reflection and happy family traditions and memories!
Last week on the JibberJobber One Thing I asked people to give money away. I was really blown away by the response I got, in the comments and in email. I must be more bah-humbug than I thought, as I didn’t expect the outpouring of “giving” that I saw.
I hope that we can carry this spirit of giving with us throughout all of next year. There are people who need something, anything, and we really can give. Things like:
- A smile and a sincere “how are you?” Sometimes people just need someone to talk to – more than asking them how they are doing in the hallway at church or work, but in an environment where they can really tell you, and you can really listen.
- Taking someone to lunch. It was so good for me to see my wife’s girlfriends ask her out to lunch during our unemployment. She needed to get pampered a little, have some girl-time, etc. I didn’t have the few bucks to take us both out to lunch, and I didn’t have the right mood to make it healthy for us.
- Giving someone $20. That is just one bill for you, perhaps, but it is so very significant for the family who doesn’t have any income, but continues to have expenses. Stretch a little and give $100. Anonymous or not, it will be so appreciated.
- A network contact. When I was in my job search I wanted to help, and give, but I felt I had NOTHING. I realized that I did have something… and that was the network contacts I was nurturing. You can’t imagine how helped we feel when you make an introduction that just might be what we needed.
There are more things you can give, and I know you want to – don’t let anything hold you back – resolve to give!