Assessing True Wealth – Sharing Generously

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Welcome to my blog!

It’s the time of the year when we’re asked to count our blessings, show gratitude and generously share with others. Giving money is only one way to share. We can share our time, company, concern, a kind word, our table, help and support, skills, strength and contribute food. It’s a fact of life that when we’re doing well, we lose sight of the fact that others are not. That could account for why very often people who have the least, give so much in proportion to what they have. They know.

Take stock of yourself and your family for ways to share. Even children can learn concern for others. What do you have to offer your neighbors? Walk their dog in the rain and snow? Water their plants and flowers? Put out the trash and put back the empty cans? Rake leaves? Shovel snow? Read a book or the newspaper aloud? Borrow books from the library for them? Visit for a cup of tea? Invite them over for lemonade or hot chocolate? Tutor struggling students and English language learners? Unclog the kitchen sink?

In truth, we have so much to offer but may view these as little things, not realizing their value in another person’s life. When we have a lot, we skim over the small stuff as unimportant. When we’re lacking, everything means a lot.

We can make an impact in our communities. Gather up food contributions and bring them to schools, community centers, assisted living and nursing homes, food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, churches, synagogues, temples and mosques and even to a neighbor who may not be able to buy their own holiday meal because of lack of money, poor health or disability that limits mobility.

Food is a precious commodity. Need ideas?

The November, 2015 Long Island edition of  Natural Awakenings ran an article, “Sharing Our Bounty” by Avery Mack which contains an extensive list of suggestions for food contribution:

Meat – canned tuna, chicken and salmon

Soup and Stew – containing meat and veggies

Vegetables – yams and whole-berry cranberry sauce; lentils, pinto, black and kidney beans, tomato sauce, salsa

Pasta, Rice and Grain – Whole grain pasta, brown or wild rice, quinoa, couscous, bulgur

Cereal – Steel-cut or rolled oats, farina, grits, whole grain and low sugar cold cereal

Snacks –  unsalted nuts, fruit cups, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, low salt or low sugar peanut or sunflower butter and honey

And for babies, no added sugar or salt foods and for four-legged furry friends, wet or dry dog and cat food.

We see there are many ways to help people of our community. We have the power to make a difference in the lives of others. Remember, one person, one experience at a time.

Let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you.

Next week’s blog post: Assessing True Wealth – Counting Our Blessings

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