Earlier this week I vowed to do something a little out of the ordinary in the giving department every day in the hope that it would become habit. After all it is ThanksGIVING week. So far, my efforts have been (in my opinion) a little puny. Sure, I’ve opened a few doors for people, treated my daughter to some birthday goodies, visited a sick friend a couple of times, given a few compliments…the usual stuff. However, I’m a little disappointed in myself in that I haven’t really sacrificed or gone beyond the “regular” activities.
Upon leaving the hospital after visiting my father-in-law this evening, I got my BIG idea. There in the elevator was a poster about a Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday the 21st. “Give the gift of life,” it said. “That’s it,” I thought. “That’s my chance to ‘put my money where my mouth is’ and do some real giving.” For those of you who are regular donors, you need to realize that I’m a person who feels weak just thinking about needles and who nearly fainted the one and only time she gave blood. However, I have a rare bloodtype, B negative, and I’m always being reminded of how needed it is. Usually, I ignore such statements and rationalize that there are others who are braver than I, including a brother, a sister, and a daughter.
None of my paltry giving efforts of the past few days compare even remotely to giving blood. I’ll be there on the 21st. What about the rest of you guys and gals? How are your giving efforts coming along?