Every January we’re inundated with fresh resolutions from friends, colleagues, and via mass marketing, as a way to start off the new year. The optimism is palpable. The commitments admirable.
Resolutions run the gamut from fairly simple and straightforward to downright ambitious. From a philanthropic point of view, committing to help just one other individual during the year is most welcome. Support one individual in his or her quest to become literate; support a local food pantry or homeless shelter by giving a warm meal and place to sleep to someone down on their luck; or jump in at a moment’s notice when a natural disaster strikes a nearby community.
Caring for others as a centerpiece of your resolution results in a unique phenomenon — you will revel in the joy of giving. The joy of giving remains yours forever. It cannot be lost. It cannot be taken away. It won’t even expire, not even after December 31, 2016.
As January nears to a close, it’s not too late to join in the movement. Take a long walk in silence. Sit quietly in meditation. Select a way to help just one person and forge the determination to carry it out.
Now there is a way to multiply your commitment twelve times over but this opportunity only comes along every January so the window of opportunity is narrowing. Many charities offer monthly giving programs that can facilitate your commitment to make a difference by inviting you to make one contribution every month so by the time the end of December rolls around, you’ve made twelve times the impact. Now that’s a resolution worth keeping!