In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr Day I am going to dedicate this post to his quote:
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
(Why yes, I did steal this idea from the Huff Post. I say we’re even for their “entertainment” category. Because I now read that more than the politics section and have developed a strong love/hate relationship with the site.)
Although we have two small children and are unable to do as much charitable works as I would like, we have found a few ways to incorporate the values of that quote:
- We give 10% of any “unexpected” money including gifts, bonuses, basically anything outside of my husband’s monthly paycheck, to charity. As a thank you. And an acknowledgement that we have so much. I hope one day to give 10% of our total income back but we aren’t there yet — I perhaps don’t trust enough and want too much. But I hope to get better. (Oh yeah, and our roof is BROKEN.) We are giving our money this month for Haiti Earthquake relief.
- We participate, as a family, in at least one “giving” event each year. We have small children so it isn’t easy to find something appropriate and at a reasonable time. One year we did the CROP Hunger Walk. Last year we helped out at Caritas.
- We have also attended our share of rallies and protests which may or may not be in keeping with the quote, but is certainly in keeping with our family’s feistiness. I, in fact, just sent E to school in an Amnesty International T-shirt that states “I’ve got rights.”
- We live green. I think that recycling, reusing bags and jars and tins, and buying Energy Star products, even when it’s more expensive and/or a pain-in-the-butt, is a way we give back to each other and to the world. And our city comes right to our curb every other week to pick it up. So it’s lazy service!
Now, lest you get the wrong idea, we also sit on our butts a lot. We are materialistic. And we horde. I still balk at washing out peanut butter jars.
But we want to grow so I’m not too worried about how we’ll all turn out.
And if none of these ideas appeal to you, I’m open to suggestions. Please leave them in the comments below!