Day 1 of 12 Days of Gracious Living: Giving Back

by Mindy Lockard on December 6, 2012


“Never before has man had such a great capacity to control his own environment, to end hunger, poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and human misery. We have the power to make the best generation of mankind in the history of the world.” — President John F. Kennedy


Times are tough and even more so at the holidays for those who are already strugging throughout the year. When we act on the needs within our community, we use our strengths to improve and impact the lives of people, laying a foundation for a more gracious future.  It’s easy to think about giving back as writing a check or serving food at a homeless shelter, but it’s more than that. Graciously Giving is about making a difference through the extra effort of extending ourselves into the community by sharing our strengths, time and experiences.

Giving back is at the heart of Gracious Living. As we think about raising a gracious generation, consider ways that you can extend yourself to those most in need. Gracious Giving is making the time you think you don’t have, putting yourself into positions that might be uncomfortable at first for the benefit someone else or saying “yes” when you would rather say “no.” Children will gain the most from your commitment to Gracious Giving. Share the ideas and skills of Gracious Living by mentoring, tutoring or advocating for a child in need.  Raising a Gracious Generation is up to all of us, even if we don’t have children.

1. Identify your interests and strengths

2. Contact local organizations like United Way to find organizations that might be a good fit.

3. Visit all of the organization and make arrangements to visit the site.

4. Make time to evaluate your interests and strengths compared to the missions of the organizations.

5. Get involved with the organization that rises to the top as the best fit!

We can all lend a gracious hand and make a difference in the life of another person and in the future of our communities.

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