Whether we like it or not, with Halloween just around the corner, we will soon be into the official "holiday season."
(Please don't throw anything at me -- I'm just looking at the calendar!)
If they haven't already started, pleas for charitable contributions will soon be flooding our mailboxes, inboxes and voicemails, asking us to chip in our tax deductible giving before the end of the year.
But how much are we willing to give to see a change in our country?
If I somehow wind up on the GOP giving list, then I'm going to get worried.
As women, we apparently tend to give less in political contributions than men. I'm not sure why, but if we want to have some real sway and political influence in this current campaign season, maybe it's time to ask ourselves if we're willing to give our money for the change we want to see in our government in the same way we open our wallets for breast cancer and all the other causes we think are worthy of giving up our hard-earned bucks.
Is it worth it to make contributions with the hope that the candidate or party we want to see have more influence will make things better for our families and children, maybe not today, but ten or twenty years down the road?
So while it is the time of year when our budgetary thinking is more focused on Halloween candy, holiday gifts and tax deductible contributions, to break out of the political status quo, it's time to pony up.
I'm not really that happy about the prospect, but it's the reality.
And, hey, it only took me how many decades to figure that out?
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