Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December 2nd: GivingTuesday - a National Day of Giving :)


Picture from Clipart

We just finished with Black Friday where retail businesses make a profit and are thus 'in the black' as opposed to 'being in the red' with a deficit.

According to Wikipedia,
Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November). Since the early 2000s, it has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the US, and most major retailers open very early and offer promotional sales.
(http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_%28shopping%29)

This followed with Cyber Monday for online retailers offering great discounts on items in order to take advantage of pr-Christmas sales (http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyber_Monday).

I discovered today via the media, AKA (also known as) the local newspapers, that today is "Giving Tuesday (or "GivingTuesday"). Was this giving in the form of donating money to charities? Or was it any type of giving? Those were the questions that ran through my mind.

I hadn't heard of this day before or had forgotten so I decided to check it out. This is a link: http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giving_Tuesday.

Was this giving in the form of donating money to charities? Or was it any type of giving? Those were the questions that ran through my mind.

Another site states,
It is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The 'Opening day of the giving season,' it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.
(http://www.givingtuesday.ca/about/#.VH5xu8no430)

According to Wikipedia,

Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).
(http:/www./en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giving_Tuesday)

(Picture from Clipart)

I like this concept. I really like it! We, at least in the western world seem to be plagued by consumerism, like an addiction. And unfortunately, I think other countries who idolize America and the American way may follow suit.

I think it a wonderful idea to be able to think of others and contribute/donate our resources, whether money and/or time. Both are valuable!

Giving is essentially a win-win situation as the charitable organization and/or individual recipient receives as well as the giver. There is a universal law about this you know? ;) Think of it this way, would there be a recipient without a giver or a giver without a recipient?

Deepak Chopra, author, physician, and spiritual guru came up with 'The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success' of which 'The Law of Giving' is one such spiritual law:

The universe operates through dynamic exchange . . . giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.
(http://www.chopra.com/the-law-of-giving-receiving)

Deepak also claims that:

...Every relationship is one of give and take. Giving engenders receiving, and receiving engenders giving. What goes up must come down; what goes out must come back. In reality, receiving is the same thing as giving, because giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And if you stop the flow of either, you interfere with nature’s intelligence.
(http://www.purposebalancelife.com/law-of-giving.html)

He expands even further on this principle,

...The more you give, the more you will receive, because you will keep the abundance of the universe circulating in your life. In fact, anything that is of value in life only multiplies when it is given. That which doesn´t multiply through giving is neither worth giving nor worth receiving. If, through the act of giving, you feel you have lost something, then the gift is not truly given and will not cause increase. If you give grudgingly, there is no energy behind that giving.
(http://www.purposebalancelife.com/law-of-giving.html)

When you think of giving, what comes to mind? Are you a generous philanthropist or one-at-heart like 'The Little Drummer Boy'? (http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Drummer_Boy) (See around the 1:30 time mark if you are short of time.)



Or maybe a bit like Ebenezer Scrooge (http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebenezer_Scrooge) in A Christmas Carol? (http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Christmas_Carol)


HOW did you give today? ;)

I am linking this to #GivingTuesday, Ultra Blog Challenge, and Bloggers United.

21 comments:

  1. Elly this is a very inspiring post. Giving something to a person/organisation which is needy, is a noble gesture..I have adopted two children.I pay all their school expenses including their dresses.

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    1. Thanks for saying so Usha. And you are indeed inspirational too for taking on two children: how wonderfully sweet and kind of you! That is such a 'giving' act to give to children! :) <3

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  2. Giving makes me think of giving back something to my parents, my sister and then my husband...Not in terms of something materialistic but you know something more profound... And then also giving back in some way to the world..helping those that need..Ofcourse I know I can't solve all the problems in the world but maybe in some way my giving would change one day for someone...Makes sense? :)

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    1. That's great that you think of your family too in terms of giving Naba as oftentimes we think of giving to strangers only. And for sure, what you say makes perfect sense! I understand. :) <3

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  3. Inspiring, Elly! I'm glad I could read about Black Friday too. The video is super cute :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I love the video and it's one of my favourite TV Christmas shows. I'm SURE I cried at least the first time, maybe all the times when I used to watch that show. So sweet and endearing: the true essence of gift giving: giving from the heart! :) <3

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  4. Very inspirational. The holiday season seems to bring out the best in all of us. ♥

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    1. Thanks Kathy. Well ideally, hopefully so! ;) <3

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  5. Love the heart of the little drummer boy. <3

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    1. Yes, I do too Barbara: so sweet and pure and innocent! :) <3

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  6. This is such a good idea. I too donated clothes to the needy.

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    1. Yes, I think it is a brilliant idea! And great that you were able to donate to those less fortunate: may you be blessed for your efforts Inderpreet! :) <3

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  7. Giving is indeed a very genuine act of kindness. I donate to Give India every month. It gives me happiness that I made a difference to someone's life.
    I didn;t know what black friday meant, I saw sale posters here but now I realize what it was for.

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    1. It sure is Raj, and so kind of you to donate monthly. I am not familiar with Give India, though I imagine by the name they do great things. :) <3

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  8. Giving indeed is a very happy thing. It helps a needy person, and more than that it makes the giver a sort of peace and happiness.

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    1. Yes, giving from the heart is a pleasure and makes the heart happy, maybe even 'sing!' ;) <3

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  9. Giving comes from Gratitude, when I feel grateful for the basic needs and simple things in my life, gratitude inspires me to give,not only things, money but also time, energy & skills in enabling the empowering the needy ones around .... thanks for sharing your post on giving !!

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    1. Yes, I agree: genuine giving comes from a grateful heart. It's so great that you do that. Thanks for sharing! :) <3

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  11. I do believe in the virtues of giving...it does come back to you in manifolds if done with the right spirit. Thanks for reminding me the same :)

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    1. Yes, how true that is. Thanks for your comment. :) <3

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