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We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.
True charity is the desire to be useful to others without thought of recompense.
The highest expression of love is to give, without expecting.
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show for any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
I do not know what your destiny will be, but the one thing I know: the only ones among you who will really be happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
If you want to make a decision to be a strategic philanthropist … it has to be something you’re deeply passionate about -It’s not sustainable unless you’re in it for your emotional connection.
We can all change the world, one give at a time.
Jacqueline Way Founder 365give
If you are not poor enough to take charity, you are rich enough to give it.
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I once told a friend that you never truly understand your Mother until you become one.
You never know the unconditional love and work it takes to be a Mom until you are pulling your hair out as your toddler has a temper tantrum or keeps you up every night for the first 3 years of his / her life.
You never know how much respect, understanding and compassion our Mothers deserve – until you become one.
Day 327: Give 327
Almost 2 years at the age of 71 my Mother had to recreate her life. She moved from her home in Ontario to our home in Vancouver. She had to reinvent her life as she knew it due to personal reasons. Not what we all imagine for our retirement.
I am so proud of her for all she has gone through and her strength that has upheld her through a difficult time.
She had just one thing she wanted to do this summer more than anything. Ride a bike. Health issues had stopped her from doing this over the last few years and this was my chance to give her a gift.
My give today was taking my mother for a bike ride.
This give may sound a bit odd but if you had heard her half way through our ride saying how good it felt to be back on a bike (now 73) you would have known what a gift it was.
- Sometimes we just need a little help to get us going.
- Someone to hold your hand as you learn to walk.
- Someone to give your bike a push when you take your training wheels off for the first time.
- Someone to give you the courage to full fill your dreams.
I gave my Mother my bike and adjusted all the settings so it fit her just right. I packed my son and his bike in the car along with my roller blades so I could keep up and we biked all the way around Stanley Park.
Both my son and my mother managed the 10 km ride without any problems. They made me proud.
After 327 days of giving I have come to realize that giving comes in so many forms. I made my Mom smile today, I made her proud of her accomplishments and set a passion she has for biking back in motion.
No give is to small especially when you give another the inspiration to say ” I CAN do it!”
What have you done to support a friend, a stranger or most importantly your Mother lately? Share you story with us and we will share it with the world in hopes to inspire more people to give generously in their lives. Leave a comment, send us a Tweet (@365give) or comment on Facebook.
Time Commitment: 3 hours
This story was recently sent to me . I did a search on the story and came up with all kinds of information on the internet about it both good and bad. Junk email, chain, delete, crap, were just a few of the choice words. I think personally the point was missed. Read the story and see how it moves you. You don’t have to email it around, you won’t receive a special gift for sending it to 10 people and you won’t be cursed if you don’t tweet it to 20 of your friends. Read it and see how you feel. Think of one time in your life when you have gone out of your way to give back to another human being when they really needed it. Be inspired to do one thing in your life today that will show kindness.
Day 254: Give 254
What would you do? … you make the choice. Don’t look for a punch line, there isn’t one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?
A story of a father and his disabled son:
Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, ‘Do you think they’ll let me play?’ I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.
I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, ‘We’re losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.’
Shay struggled over to the team’s bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.
In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again.
Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.
At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?
Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.
However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay’s life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.
The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.
The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.
As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.
The game would now be over.
The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.
Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.
Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman’s head, out of reach of all team mates.
Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, ‘Shay, run to first! Run to first!’
Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.
He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.
Everyone yelled, ‘Run to second, run to second!’
Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.
By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball. The smallest guy on their team, who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.
He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher’s intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman’s head.
Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.
All were screaming, ‘Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay’
Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, ‘Run to third! Shay, run to third!’
As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, ‘Shay, run home! Run home!’
Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team.
‘That day’, said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, ‘the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world’.
Shay didn’t make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!
AND NOW A LITTLE FOOT NOTE TO THIS STORY:
We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate.
The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.
If you’re thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you’re probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren’t the ‘appropriate’ ones to receive this type of message. Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference.
We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the ‘natural order of things.’
So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice:
Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?
A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it’s least fortunate amongst them.
You now have two choices:
May your day, be a Shay Day.
Time Commitment: Being human everyday