Each year at the holidays, we are encouraged to give. Because giving is better than receiving.
I believe in this mantra. I think it’s noble and just.
But times get hard. Money gets tight. And no matter how much we scrimp and save and try to make ends meet, we sometimes come up short. And sometimes we come up short more often than we come out ahead. Especially the way things have been going lately.
So this year, I’m going to set up my own Holiday Giving plan.
Yep, that’s right. I’m officially declaring myself a Charity Case.
Hey, it’s been a rough year. I had a hellish move, where I lost my sofa; I had a break-in and lost most of my stuff; and even though I have tried to cut costs and make things easier for myself, I still can’t seem to catch a break.
So, hey, can ya help a brother out?
OK OK I know this is pathetic. It’s also totally tongue-in-cheek.
But in reality, how many of us are putting up a brave front this year in the face of adversity? How many of us are just one bounced check, one lost paycheck away from total devastation? I bet it’s more of us than we really think.
I have to admit (and here’s where I’m being serious), I’m really very, very lucky.
With everything that happened in the last year– and believe me, there’s more than I’m even mentioning here — I have still managed to stay both sane and afloat. That horrible move turned out to be an incredible lucky break for me, because I now have a really great place (despite the break-in). I still have my job. I still have my friends and the chorus. And of course I still have my family.
Things could have been a hell of a lot worse.
But I can’t help but wonder about those who have had it a lot worse. Do they really and truly need the help, but are too proud to ask for it?
And if they did ask for it, would any of us lend a hand?
Maybe that’s what the Holiday Spirit is really all about.