I see a lot of people in my life that are always wanting more. They are never happy with what they have and never see that they do have a lot and that there are plenty more people less fortunate than they are. I think this is a problem that we all struggle with at times.
I had the biggest struggle with this when I was too sick to get out of bed. I was so busy being focused on being sick, that I didn’t focus on all of the wonderful, lucky things I had. Yes, I was sick, but I had money to pay my bills, family to care for me, no pressure to work, food to eat, and a roof over my head. When I started remembering these things, I started to get out of bed.
I try to do some charity oriented things every year, and the causes that are important to me are all children related, basically. I adopt a family, which is really low impact, but providing toilet paper, clothes, and a few learning toys for Christmas is nothing for me. I spend $400-500 on things most families consider a necessity to give to single moms to Christmas. I donate somewhat regularly to a local food bank (which I want to step up) and love donorschoose.org where I can support a classroom. All of these things remind me how grateful I am and I know that a little bit of money can help a lot.
So let’s all be grateful for what we’ve got, and when we’ve got a little extra and are good for awhile, let’s give a little to those who are less fortunate. Look for the good in every day.