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In this week’s Globe & Mail there was an article which jumped out at me. “Canada Ranked Second-Most Charitable in the World”. Globe writer Sarah Boesveld, writes a clear message “Canadians are a giving group of people”. Not surprisingly I was attracted to this headline as I too am Canadian. The World Giving Index commissioned by the Charities Aid Foundation, ranks countries “giving” based on three criteria:
- Giving money
- Volunteering time
- Helping a stranger
As I dug a little deeper into this article and the Charities Aid Foundation website I learned another piece of information which I found very interesting. Here is a quote from the World Giving Index report:
“the survey asked people whether they had given money to charity in the last month and to rank how happy they are with life on a scale of one to ten. For all countries CAF compared the strength of the relationship between giving with both a nation’s GDP and the happiness of its population. CAF found that the link between happiness and giving is stronger than the link between wealth and giving.”
365give is dedicated to a little boy I never met but will always love.
Have you ever had something happen in your life that brought you to your knees in sadness. Maybe it was the love of your life (or you thought it was the love of your life), maybe an addiction, a loss of a loved one – I think all of us have had this happen at least once in our lives. At the time you are sure you will never feel happy again.
It’s happened to me a few times. I think they call it hitting the bottom of the barrel. Once I am through the immediate tears and the “feeling sorry for myself” mode, I stand back and see what I have learned. (this doesn’t happen immediately it sometimes takes months) How can I be a better person on the other side of this? What has this taught me about myself?
This past January I had one of those moments. I am an adoptive mother and have a wonderful little boy who is almost three. This past winter, through a number of unusual circumstances or what I like to call miracles, we were to bring our second child home. A dream come true. A little boy just 5 weeks old. We only had a few days to prepare but as we had been through this before with our first child and we knew the routine. In no time at all the cradle was in place beside or bed, the coming home outfit was chosen, diaper bag packed – we had even told our son he was to be a big brother. In 24 hours we were to meet our second son and bring him home. Another miracle.
Today is September 1, 2010 and I am just 28 days away from starting my new project “365give”. If you have read “My Story” or earlier posts, you will see I have never blogged before. Not only have I never blogged before but my technical savvy stops at attaching a document to an email. So practice makes perfect. I thought I would share a few stories with you about what exactly brought me to this point in my life. I will become a better blogger and you may find something about my story that resonates with you.
Today’s topic – fear.
I like to consider myself smart. I am not highly educated with letters behind my name but I have experience and I work hard. I am resourceful, I have had my own company for 15 years. I have raised millions of dollars for charity throughout my business and my person volunteer work. I have worked with celebrities, billionaires and the homeless. Very few people or situations intimidate me but we all have moments in our life where things flat out scare us. Changing the world is one of those things for me.
I have had a number of brilliant mentors in my life, one being Harry Rosen. Yes there really is a man, Harry Rosen. I worked for Harry in a management role in his stores for a number of years. I was young and there were very few women working in management levels at that time. (I’m not that old I was just really young at the time!) I will always remember one of my first training sessions I did with Harry. He was teaching a group of us how to measure for a custom made suit.