#10: Give Back - April/May
I’ve been struggling a bit with how to share my “Give Back” stories. I don’t believe that doing something nice needs to be broadcasted. In fact, soliciting pats on the back for being a decent human being is kind of icky. On the other hand, I made a commitment to myself to consciously do something once a month to enrich other lives…and to share it.
So I'll share it and try not to be icky...which is a perfect time to talk about blood.
To give back in May, in honor of Memorial Day, I decided to give blood during my local Red Cross blood drive. This wasn't easy for me. Needles make me panic and blood makes me queasy and the idea of sitting in a chair voluntarily draining out my veins truly freaks me out.
But I did it!! For the VERY FIRST TIME!!!!
And you know what's crazy? It wasn't bad at all. Plus, we got cranberry juice, Cheez-Its, and a sticker. Pretty much everything is awesome if it involves a sticker!
Now to April: April was Autism Awareness Month which is a fantastic time to recognize the unique journeys of those living with, and/or loving someone on the autism spectrum. It can be challenging sometimes. And in the midst of a challenging day I think, as for all of us, it’s a wonderful feeling to know someone cares.
So for Autism Awareness Month I really wanted to do something nice for a family whose strength I’ve admired from afar via social media. Everyone likes a surprise, right? And everyone likes to know their story matters and has inspired someone. To be honest, I think most of us get too busy to remember to say “you inspire me!” or “you impact me” or “I admire you”.
But that's exactly what I decided to do.
I sent a Starbucks gift basket to the coffee-loving family in hopes it would make them smile. That's it. Simple and personal. But I truly believe that sometimes small gestures can be important, too.