I've been getting emails and phone calls and yes, old school snail mail letters asking for my money. From the awesome museums in my city to fabulous organizations that help the homeless, from amazing groups that teach kids to read to much-needed foundations that study the world around us...all hit us up this time of year. In December, I'll talk about donating and how to be sure your money is going to the right places, but today, let's chat about ways to give that doesn't cost us a penny...when you give of yourself. Sounds like it is another thing for you to do, but actually, it is pretty easy to slip into your everyday.
-- Check in with folks. Whether it is the elderly lady down the street or a phone call to your sister who has been having a rough time lately, giving your attention, your time, your focus to people is an amazing gift.
-- Share memories. When sitting with your kids, especially with your spouse or parents around, share stories of your family. Talk about the time at that you went to Florida as a family when you were 10 or the five-hour road trip you and your husband took to visit a baseball park.
-- Donate your time. Maybe a friend is overwhelmed these days and needs someone to watch her newborn for a few hours. Maybe your church secretary needs help stuffing envelopes for holiday service. Maybe the local woman's shelter needs someone to fix up some holes in bed linens. Your time is priceless and valued.
What have you done lately, in giving back, that made the most difference -- for you and for the person you helped?