Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas to all.......

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Even though we tend to become nicer people during the holidays we should be that way all year around. I know that the real world tends to intrude an dampen our enthusiasm for giving or just being better people. So I have made a list of ways you can be a better person with a minimum of impact on your daily grind. At worst you should feel no effect. At best you will feel good about it.

Drop your spare change into a mason jar or glass at the end of the day. When it is full leave it with a note at any of the Salvation Army centers in your city. Leave it at the entrance to the public library with a note to support literacy campaigns. Find a local charity that you think can help and just leave it. It's virtually zero impact since you likely won't miss your pocket change.

Make a payroll deduction to the local American Red Cross. Again, it is zero impact because you won't miss the money you don't see. But the people you help will certainly notice.

Write down twelve causes that you believe in. Eliminate the ones that are not designed to help the less fortunate. In other words, while donating money to a political campaign may be great, it isn't meant to help the homeless like say, Habitat for Humanity. Each month donate time, or money to the causes. At the end of the year, you'll be surprised at how much help you gave.

Sponsor a child in anything. Maybe it's a kid at the local high school band who cannot afford to take a trip. Or it could be a kid in Central America that needs food or medicine. Kids literally are the future and realistically we must do everything we can to help them along.

There it is, a short list of ways you can be Christmas-like during the year with only a small impact on yourself. And if you are not careful, before long you may find yourself doing more and then it could be life changing

Finally, a very Merry Christmas to all the folks at Open Debate, PolyRap, TalkAmerica, and USMB. I've never met any of them in person. But most seem like really decent folks.

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