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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Give Something Back

It's become a cliche. A Hollyweird celebrity worth thousands or millions stands in front of a camera for 15 seconds and shakes the hand of a flood victim, or pats a cancer patient on the back.

In the following soundbite, he says, "Yeah, I just wanna give something back for all I've been given."

Big whoop, right?

But you know what? When's the last time a camera might have caught you "giving back"? It's easy to criticize the "celebrity do-gooder," but at least they’re doing something. Are you?

If not, you can start small. A donation to a charity, newspapers in the local school's collection bin, a box of cookies from the Girl Scouts (give and receive!)

Next, volunteer some time. Work in a soup kitchen once a month, read to a shut-in, sing to some seniors.

If you really catch the bug, start something. An event, a drive, a movement.

Because as a wise Galilean said, "It's more blessed to give than to receive."

Do it. You'll be happier.

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