My husband has been reminding me lately that we live in "a world of abundance". It is his way of being thankful and counting his blessings. It is his way of reminding me, as well as those around him, that we are blessed with more than enough to keep us going physically and nourish our souls.
This has been a long week for my children. Since January, we've had 8 snow days, and now we are nearing the end of a week off school for February vacation. We live in a world of abundance of days off, too, it seems! They feel left out, though, because there was no trip to Disney, no week at the slopes, no cruise to the islands, and no warm sunshine at a beach. Their vacation consisted of a weekend with my family in Maine, dinners out at local eateries, birthday parites, and a trip to the aquarium. I think it was fun, but they feel left out.
This post (scroll to Feb. 8th-can't get the link to go to that date!) from Cara got me thinking, though. How can I help my children appreciate the abundance in their lives, without preaching about it and pointing out how important it is to be thankful for what we have, while making sure that others are well taken care of, too? How can I help to instill empathy in their growing minds, and ensure that the next generation takes care of their brothers and sisters? How do I teach giving as a way of life to my children?
They see us give money to church and to other charities, and they donate used toys and clothes they have outgrown to children in need at a local shelter, they watch as we donate hours to our favorite outreach programs, but I fear that they still don't really "get it". What would it be like to live without "the basics"- soap, paper towels, a tooth brush, or hot water?
I'm considering a Charity Camp for April Vacation... living without something that we consider an every-day-convenience, and donating that thing (like a case of paper towels) to the local Women's shelter... would that help them understand? I'd love to know your thoughts and suggestions.
In the mean time, join me in participating in Cara's challenge, and give a little of your abundance to someone in need.
Here are the rules:
1. One chance to win: Leave a comment which INCLUDES A WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU with an idea to help make "GIVING" a way of life.
2. Two chances to win: Link back to my post (and tell me that you've done so in the comment) on your blog or website for another chance to win.
3. Three chances to win: Make a donation of any basic item... soap, paper towels, toilet paper, tooth brushes, you get the picture to a local charity. Come back to this post and leave another comment, and you'll be entered again.
We can make this a better world!
Winner will be announced on Friday, March 4.