I told a friend of mine, I’ll be speaking to Impact100 in Philadelphia this month. It’s an organization with chapters all over the country. Women donate a thousand dollars each and together, about 300 strong, they decide where their money will go, what charitable cause they will support.
“That’s brilliant”, my friend said. “What a great idea.”
And she’s right, but not just because this group pools their financial resources to make a powerful difference, but because members bond through their giving. Research shows just by giving money, it lifts our spirits, but when we organize our efforts, there’s the added benefit of community and connection.
If you are stuck, though it may seem counterintuitive, the most healing and satisfying thing you can do, is to do something for someone else.
In this time when people in Texas have lost their homes, children are worried about being deported, and friends stop talking over who they supported in the last election, I just believe we need to be more giving and forgiving. And WE need connection.
You don’t have to give money.
Hold the door. Say hi to your neighbor. Give someone a hug. Let’s be kinder and less judgy. If you’ve been feeling hopeless or sad because you can’t control the ills of the world…well, you can’t. But what you dare to give makes a difference, whether you are one person or one of 300.