The Giving Life

It is my mother's story and reflections about that keep my doubts away. I try my best to use her rich and blessed life to encourage others to balance their lot in life against their blessings, however many obstacles they face.
There are no greater gifts than those that come from our hearts. Here are seven ways to spread the love during the holiday season, to kick-off the New Year, and all year-long.
They fell in love and then they fell to work - serving Detroit and its people. This is my brief account of how romance brought together two of Michigan's pioneering philanthropists - Katherine Whitney McGregor and her husband Tracy.
When anyone gives anything with good heart, he or she becomes a philanthropist -- a conduit and a catalyst for love. So, if you think you have nothing to give, think again.
Social entrepreneurship isn't a new thing by any means but it is progressively becoming more and more popular.
This indulgent and absolutely insane 24-hour period when American consumers decide to forgo their Thanksgiving Day dinner in order to camp out for what they think is the deal of the century.
What is the optimal way to use your money? The answer to that will likely change over time, encouraging effective donors to keep posing - and answering -- questions. But you shouldn't worry. It's like a kind of philanthropy-yoga: regularly asking deep questions about giving helps donors stay flexible as well as strategic.
The life you lead is the life you leave. Think about the mark you leave on this earth: Is it a life worth reading about, or merely fine?
Today let's look at Giving, Grace, and sharing your unique Gift.
I'm naturally a giver. But I don't take credit for it. It's not something I had to work at, it came naturally. It was imparted to me -- my legacy from my parents. I was pre-programmed to attend to the needs of others and do what I can to make them feel as good as possible.
I understand how angry people can feel in the midst of a divorce, how vicious they can behave when they feel hated, betrayed and cheated. Because when I got divorced, I shared many of those sentiments.
In order to move forward, to embrace new paradigms of change, we need to begin listening to new narratives.
My son has a busy schedule: two after-school programs, Hebrew school, kickboxing, and piano lessons, not to mention homework, special projects, etc. It's easy to get caught up on your "to-do list," but in my humble opinion, it needs to include giving back.
It's not what we leave for others that matters; it's what we leave in them that matters most. Possessions and wealth do not a true legacy make. It's about leaving behind the essence of your Authentic Soul.
We seem to think that if you can't make a large-scale, celebrity-influenced difference, then it doesn't count, but it does. You don't have to have a million dollars to make a million-dollar difference.
When you wander through the grocery store, there are lots of products that tie themselves to social causes. The idea here is that everybody wins. But an interesting paper suggests things might not be so rosy for the charity.
Self actualized people have a healthy relationship with reality and are more comfortable with it and do not deny it. They accept the good and bad as parts of the same spectrum where one is in balance and the other out of balance.
When the dollar sign is not involved as your main driver, clutter is removed and your purpose becomes very clear; it becomes easy to recognize what gives you energy and what takes it away.
There is an unspoken rule of reciprocity that people either a) respect and participate in, b) are oblivious to, or c) choose to ignore.