I am convinced that we can reach the end of the holiday season feeling energized and renewed, rather than exhausted and out of sorts, bloated and fatigued. This is, after all, the time when the Wheel of the Year tells us we are beginning to move inward, beginning the descent into ourselves. Are we really compelled to run around, exhaust ourselves, and begin the New Year with more bills and more weight then we had anticipated?
Here’s a couple of suggestions that you might consider.
The first one is what I am going to ask of my friends and family to do for me. Maybe you might consider the same: Women all over the world, in developing countries, are fighting desperately to make their own living and support their families. Organizations like Women for Women (www.womenforwomen.org), Kiva (www.kiva.org), World Vision (www.worldvisiongifts.org), and Heifer (www.heifer.org) give women the opportunity to support themselves and their families. You may consider donating to these causes in the names of friends and families rather than buying another sweater or kitchen gadget.
It is unconscionable that so many children in our wealthy country are going hungry. Feeding America gives almost 98% of what comes in to them to feed the hungry in our own country, according to Charity Navigator, a highly rated, independent charity rating organization, and Feeding America has a 4 star (out of 4 star) rating.
If you give, you may wish to spread your holiday dollars around or choose one place to give. Want to donate closer to home? Consider your local food bank, a women’s shelter, or a friend or neighbor struggling to meet recent doctor bills.
You can handle most of these donations easily on line, or with a check sent to the organization’s headquarters. Use the time and energy you save to find wonder in the holiday season, and in your own heart. Send a loving letter to each person in whose name you have donated, and tell them why they have been important in your life.
Sound pretty good?
Oh, and while we are at it, here’s a quote from John O’Donohue, the award winning Irish poet:
May you be blessed;
And may you find a wonderful love
In your self for your self.
And, so it is!