Dig deep the next couple of weeks and finish this year doing things that aren't so frenzied and frustrating but are life changing. Think hard about what really matters and make someone else's holiday season merry and bright!
I had a relatively normal, American, middle-class upbringing. I've been very blessed. My parents worked hard and built relatively successful businesses to provide for us. They gave me many opportunities, including a college education. But how different my life could have been...
Rather than focus on what divides us, we can chart a grand new day for our country by focusing on what unites us. We can create an alternate path that engages one of our nation's fastest growing resources on behalf of our children and youth: grandparents and older adults.
After Nico was diagnosed with brain cancer last fall, he was worried that he wouldn't be able to celebrate Halloween, his favorite holiday. Thanks to a break in treatment, this caped crusader was given the all clear.
Although the majority of us mean well when we attempt to help those in need, at times we go about it in a way that can be insensitive or even rude. Regardless of someone's unfortunate circumstances, no one receiving help wants to be viewed or treated as a poor, helpless soul.
Many of us think of Thanksgiving as a day spent with family, eating a great meal and watching football. I believe that thinking needs to be changed! Thanksgiving should ignite a sense of gratitude for all that one has and also be a day of action.
In our culture of getting, so many of us get caught in the trap of "never enough." There's never enough time, never enough money. We need a bigger house, a better car. We'd love to be more generous, but we're caught on that exhausting treadmill.
Every once in a while, we come across real-life heroes. Your average, un-extraordinary person, who does an extraordinary deed which positively impacts someone's life. Wish Upon a Hero relies on just this type of person.
Hurricane Sandy showed us that life can sometimes be out of our control, but there are certain humanities uniting us all. Coming together to help in the relief efforts shows that there is a rainbow and a beauty even in the most challenging circumstances.
You are driving in the city, in line at a red light. Three cars ahead, you spot the weathered man or woman working his way up the line of windows, hand out, maybe a sign explaining his plight. Is there a flash of wanting the light to change before he makes it up to you?
If you're anything like me, you probably struggle to make enough "me time." With most hours of the day devoted to job, family, and commuting, most of us struggle to find energy to devote to ourselves, let alone philanthropic causes.
Many successful people talk about being burned out on their own success and find that it's possible to feel stuck, even when everything in their lives is going well. By expanding your efforts to something bigger than yourself, everyone benefits.