If you were previously unaware that there was a financial crisis in the world, then the holiday season is going to open your eyes. You will see commercials that tell you you don’t love your wife if she doesn’t get diamonds, your children if they don’t get whatever new piece of technology is on the market, and yourself if you don’t get a new car.
You will also see lost of people beginning on behalf of others. Toys for Tots, and food banks all over are not getting the donations they had expected from previous years yields, but the requests have increased. Gently used coats and hats are not as likely to be turned down, and should never have been.
I have always chosen my giving with care. I have nothing new to give, and since my gently used has, indeed, been turned down, I tend to give on a more direct level. This year, I would have also have been in line for those who need to take as well, but I cannot be part of the problem: I want to be part of the solution.
In my world, to be part of the solution means to take care of yourself so you can take care of others. I have personally taken care of others to the point where I can no longer take care of myself. If you are, for whatever reason unable to get a job (which is currently a nearly impossible task even for the able bodied), you should sell what you own.
I am in need. I have excess. I see the excess to get what I need. If necessary, I sell the excess at a much lower rate. This I accept. I have even stepped beyond that to a willingness to give away my excess in order to reap a cosmic good if not the physical needs, but even that has some limits.
Perhaps it is limitations that I cannot see that is disrupting my personal agenda. I do not give to charities that have a CEO. Period. If there is a charity that has a CEO and other workers who give of their time without financial benefit, I do not know of it, and would happily adjust my giving accordingly. Unfortunately, I have a problem witnessing my giving being swallowed up in greed.
Before I give to any organization at all, I prefer to give to my Klan; those family and friends for whom I feel responsible. I f they do not have an immediate need for it, then I would give it to acquaintances, or even small local businesses that enhance the community.
I find myself in the height of a dilemma; I am in no position to give anything away. I am currently even attempting to sell, for much less than it’s worth, items that my family have loved for ages. To my mind, I am going everything according to the Law of the Land: I cannot work, so I attempt to sell off what I have, or even give it away so that I am at least not paying to store it. This seems a logical path.
But something is definitely in the way. Maybe it is because I am not giving freely. The people who want what I am prepared to give up, do not care bout the symbolism involved. They do not care that they are getting a great deal of something for little more than a thank you, and sometimes not even that. They do not care that years and sometimes generations have gathered what they are about walk away with. These are dreams allowed to die.
So maybe it is my greed that stands in the way. So when I have given away all the excess, can I still stand firm on my knees in need, and ask the same people who don’t even bother to give direction (beyond their limited view point) for aid? I know all things must have balance-even faith. I believe that when I give up my hold to one dream, another with reveal its path to fulfillment. It also leads to more criticism. When I resist, I hurt; but when I yield, I find bounty that heals.