I struggle because I want to donate funds and time to groups but when it comes to my funds I don’t feel like I truly know where they’re going and it turns out that I’m rather stingy with my time. When I get home I want to relax not jump into another job with deliverables and timelines.
I love the Christmas season because it’s so easy to donate. There are opportunities in stores, malls and at work to donate in some form or fashion. Then I saw this idea for a reverse Advent calendar. The culture I grew up in didn’t have advent calendars rather we were encouraged to do good deeds to honour the Christ child. The reverse calendar is very similar to this idea and I love it.
It’s a stark reminder that even when I’m struggling to balance my finances that my problems are definitely problems of privilege. When I say no to myself I’m usually saying no to excess. My basic needs (food, shelter and clothing) have always been met and often met is putting it mildly. I can purchase an array of groceries and eat out, I live in a house in the suburbs and I have quite an assortment of clothing for each aspect of my life.
In 2016 I want to make more efforts to give back to my community to keep the spirit of giving and gratitude alive year round.