So, today, December 3, we celebrate Giving Tuesday, a day set aside to release our inner philanthropist and give generously to charitable organizations. Coming right after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, supporters are hoping that the now annual event will become a part of the national consciousness.
I can stand behind that.
It is more blessed to give than receive, the Scriptures teach. While we may be a nation of shoppers, we are also a people with heart. "Last year, Giving Tuesday drew donations to about 2,600 nonprofits . . . " according to an article in Money & Co. We consistently and charitably believe in giving back.
I can definitely stand behind that.
But what about those among us who are chronic givers? There are those who give of themselves until they have nothing left to give. They don't just give back, they give without being asked. They give first. They give to family, friends, charities. They willingly offer advice and help to loved ones or anyone who asks. Eventually they become depleted. It is obvious that their giving is a symptom of a deep need for fulfillment; obvious to everyone else but themselves.
Today, I would like to make an appeal to those who are so inclined to take a little time and do some personal inventory. Should your fulfillment account be found wanting, then it may be time to take stock. Maybe now is the time to give, not to anyone or anything else but to your SELF. Unless you are whole you can give only of the broken pieces of your being. It is time to put yourself back together. On this Giving Tuesday, commit to give to YOU. Your loved ones will fare well. Once you're whole again, instead of trying to be a rope to pull them up, you can then be a ladder to help them climb up.
I most assuredly stand behind that.
Jennifer Lavern is a keen observer of the issues that affect how women view themselves and how they interact with their world.