Fill in the blank. Now think – how can I use this person/place/thing to live generously?
‘I Like Adoption’ is a video that I recently came across about a family who have adopted nine children from around the world. It is part of a greater ‘I Like Giving’ campaign that encourages people to live a more generous life (see below for more details). The video is slightly lengthy but worth every second, so give it a view:
‘I Like Giving’ is a way to step back from our crazy individualized worlds and acknowledge the greater, overarching sense of humanity that should exist in our communities. This campaign believes that we can achieve this through a ‘pay it forward’ or ‘random acts of kindness’ mentality. Big or small, each and every change we make is a step in the right direction. Here is a small excerpt from the campaign website which gives some background as to how this came to be:
We live in a world where everything is about us. Devices memorize our personal preferences, websites tell our friends what we had for breakfast and billion dollar campaigns tell us how we can be happier. But we’re not. We still have the same struggles and desires, aches and pains, preferences and problems. And the more we focus on us, the more we focus on them.
I’m a big believer in the little things and this seems like the perfect way to give back and make someone’s day. Pay for a cup of coffee for the person behind you. Serve soup at a local soup kitchen. Give a generous tip! It’s easier than you think and who knows, maybe the person you do it for will do the same! Check out the website to learn about more ways you can give back!