This is a re-blog from my other site, Charity Ideas Blog.
It’s hard. Everyone has the latest phone, or TV, or tablet, or…? Will having the latest and greatest device make you happy? Perhaps. Or…
If you want another new iPhone, Galaxy x, MacBook, tablet, or whatever new device “everyone else has,” taking 1 minute to ask yourself these questions might just make you a better person. And happier whether you upgrade, or not.
(If you answer more than 15 of these questions “Yes,” you probably do not need a new _____ (fill in the blank).)
- Do you have water available for your family without walking more than a mile?
- Do you have electricity?
- Have you ever been to a doctor?
- Have you ever been to a dentist?
- Are you safe from dying from almost-eradicated diseases that kill children in countries without proper vaccines and treatments?
- Do you have a toothbrush?
- Do you have a toilet?
- Do you know how to read?
- Do you go to school?
- Do you have a safe place to sleep, with a roof?
- Do you have heat and/or fans or air conditioning or covering in extreme weather?
- Do you know where your next meal will come from?
- Do you have a parent/guardian/ loved one who takes care of you?
- Can you do basic math?
- Are you relatively sure you be alive a year from now?
- Do you feel confident that terrorists will not storm your house, your village, or your town in the next year?
- Do you feel safe going outside of your home?
- Do you feel safe speaking your mind, or telling people what you think?
- Do you feel you can share your ideas online?
- Do you have friends/ people you care about, and who care about you?
- Can you imagine doing almost anything you want in the future/doing any job you want in the future?
- Are you free to tell people your opinions on religion or politics?
- Can you be friends with anyone you want?
- Can you love anyone you want?
- Do you feel safe expressing any opinions about the government, including ideas that aren’t supporting the government?
- Do you feel free?
Most importantly, do you feel grateful?
So many other places in the world do not have nearly (or any) the advantages available here, now.
We have the honor of being safe, healthy, wealthy, wise, and kind (to various extents). Let’s try to appreciate it.
And while we’re being grateful, let’s also make it a mission to share by volunteering, and pay it forward by helping people around the world who have less.
“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” ~ Ronald Reagan
Any mentions of organizations within are due to my knowledge of them and appreciation of them only. No organizations were involved or had knowledge of my mentions, although I do support the organizations mentioned, amongst many others.
Each new year is the perfect time to appreciate with wonder, and be grateful for everything in life: all the fascinating ups and downs, the people, the love, the learning, the growing, the happiness, the challenges, the overcoming of challenges. And each year, it’s a perfect time to also think about how to give back and help others who are discouraged to feel that same sense of wonder.
In 2015, Good Plus Tech is taking the plunge into the beautiful (and sometimes tumultuous) waters of being a nonprofit. So that instead of pro-bono help as available, my goal of distributing technology that facilitates social good can be better-funded and have greater direction.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me get to this crossroads – and it’s a lot of people. So many of you have helped every step of the way. Most of all, thank you for always creating a positive, inspiring environment for everyone (including me) who loves social good and helping others.
As the world becomes smaller and the opportunity to crowdsource social good grows daily, the role of nonprofits changes as well. As stewards of positive change through the love and help of countless people, nonprofits have an opportunity like never before. No longer are nonprofits competing for the donations or attentions or volunteer hours of individuals. Rather, we are all part of creating together vastly more awareness, more directed passion for missions, more sharing of volunteering opportunities, more donations from a larger number of people – small donations (or micro) or large. Instead of competing for some slice of some pie, together we are all creating a much larger pie for everyone. Delicious!
The future of social good is each one of us, and our networks for good. And there’s no time like the present.
To an amazing 2015 and beyond, in partnership for good!