Can you afford not to?
I was recently surprised to see a truly inspirational message making the rounds among my friends on Facebook. Instead of the usual platitudes and mindless drivel that we all see on FB, this message struck home for me, especially after my experience with The Imagine Project. I find it profound and inspiring, and am grateful that it was shared so broadly.
“Some thoughts as we enter the Holiday Season… It is important to remember that not everyone is surrounded by large wonderful families. Some of us have problems during the holidays, and some of us are overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. And many people have no one to spend these times with, and are besieged by loneliness. We all need caring, loving thoughts right now. If I don’t see your name I will understand. May I ask my friends, wherever you might be, to kindly copy, paste, and post this status for one hour, to give a moment of support for all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just need to know someone cares. Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune. I hope to see this on the walls of all my friends just for moral support. I know someone will! I did it for a friend and you can too!! (You have to copy and paste this one, NO SHARING.)”
What a thoughtful piece of writing this is, and I found it inspirational that so many people were willing to do what was asked of them. What a wonderful gift!
Imagine… Giving the Gift of Inspiration for Christmas
This got me thinking. What is the greatest gift we can all give this holiday season? How about Inspiration – to someone who may be in desperate need of it?
As mentioned above, and on Facebook last week, for a variety of reasons, far too many people spend the Holidays alone, lonely, and bereft. While it’s a myth that suicide peaks during the Holidays, it is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans, and far too many people give up during a period when they should celebrate life and be thankful (CDC Statistics). Finding ways to support these folks may be just the inspiration they need to bring them out of their funk, and enjoy the Holidays again.
It’s the Holidays. Be the inspiration for someone.
One of the best things about living in Colorado, and Denver in particular, is the amazing support systems we have here for the “underserved” community that exists in all large cities. Here are just a few of the many of organizations and programs that are available for you to employ to help inspire others this Holiday Season:
Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gift Program, sponsored by GIVE Denver and Denver Human Services. As the title indicates, volunteers are able to “adopt” a Denver family less fortunate than themselves, and provide them with a wonderful Holiday Season.
Step 13 shelter and recovery program. Offering housing, support, and addiction recovery programs for men in the Denver area, this organization accepts no government money, preventing bureaucratic interference, instead funding themselves through the work they offer and contributions from the public.
Season to Share, sponsored by Denver Post Charities and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. The funds raised through “Season to Share”, grants are made to qualified nonprofit organizations that focus on child and youth education, health and wellness, homelessness and hunger.