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Day 91: Even the Small Things Count

I am fast approaching my 100th day of giving and realized I have been forgetting something very simple about my GIVES. The basic premise to 365give – that giving doesn’t have to be about big momentous gifts or long volunteer hours, it can be even the smallest of things

I was planning a few of my GIVES for the next few days and was trying to make sure they would all have an inspirational impact for you to something big in your life today. As I thought about my day I realized I did do one small thing but didn’t think it was a “big” enough GIVE to be recognized. as a give. I had to kick myself as I was going against the core mission of  365give. Inspiring to GIVE every day in any way big or small.  If I felt that every action had to be something that has a monetary value or large time commitment  –  most people won’t do it.

Day 91 / Give 91

I went hiking this morning in a stunning rain forest called Lynn Valley Canyon. We like to take visitors there as it has some of the best of BC all wrapped up in one hike. A suspension bridge (no admission cost), a raging river, waterfalls, trees that seem to go into the sky forever and unlimited hours of hiking. It’s part of the Baden Powell Trail that runs for 48 km through the North Shore of Vancouver – one of the most well known hikes in North America.

When we pulled into the parking lot my Mother had noticed a pen lying on the ground. I remember her asking if it belonged to any of us. Somewhere between getting mitts on my 3 year and two large dogs clambering to get out of the car I didn’t take much notice. Off we went for our 2 hour adventure to enjoy this natural gift Mother Nature built right outside our back door (figuratively speaking – just a 10 minute drive down the road). We thoroughly all enjoyed the hike and when we arrived back at our cars my son was fast asleep in the back pack, my dogs were so worn out I had to lift one into the car (she has bad hips). As I bent down to pick her up (not an easy task 60 pounds later) I notice that the pen my mother had mentioned earlier was still lying on the ground. No one had claimed it so I bent down picked it up along with a number of other pieces of garbage that were around my car.

After doing such a glorious hike I just couldn’t leave the garbage behind in forest, the trees, the river and all the other inhabitants that call Lynn Valley Canyon their home. I may not have changed the world in a huge way today but I did something. I took my blinders off and I stopped to do something. If we all stopped for 30 seconds every day to do something, however small, our world would be a little cleaner, we would be a little kinder to one another and that would make the world a better place.

Time Commitment: 30 seconds

Cost: 0

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
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Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
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“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)