This is Keith. An incredibly infectious smile, eh?
Make the choice to give. It's not always easy, but that's the point. Challenge yourself. You will never regret it. What you give will come back ten fold. And no, it's not always easy to sacrifice. But, it's worth it. And, I don't mean just get out there and start throwing money at every organization you see - I'm saying live with an open attitude to making a better life for others in your every day life! And challenge yourself to do so in various ways.
How do you want to live your life and what do you want to give? How can you give it? How do you want to empower others? What do you have to offer and what makes you happy about that? What are you grateful for?
A month ago, I wrote a post sharing that I would match every dollar up to $1,000 donated to Global Empathy Now with a personal donation toward relief for Japan. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't completely choked up by the immediate outpour of people pitching in - with enthusiasm! This is what I'm talking about -- you didn't have to pitch in - it's easy to assume someone else will or to assume you can't do much -- but, you chose to give and so many of you even advanced the mission to others with such great affection for the goal and those in need.
Within just two days, you donated over $1,000. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. We did this together and you helped me take on a fantastic challenge. You Are Outstanding. I don't even have the words.
THANK YOU for doing your part. Here is mine, as promised:
God bless. Thank you for being here. Love yourself, what you are, and what you have to give. Let's strive to give with intelligence and meaning.