Here’s a novel way to spend your birthday – giving away money!
That’s exactly what Boston area retiree Bob Blackley did recently, standing on a street corner holding a cardboard sign that read: “I HAVE A HOME, I HAVE A JOB, COULD YOU USE AN EXTRA $5.00?” He gave away $750 in three hours.
His wife did the same thing, giving away $700 on her birthday last February, and she took her 8-year-old grandson with her. They believe this teaches him something important.
That’s an understatement. What a marvelous example of generosity. Cynics might snort that a few hundred dollars won’t change the world. Think again. Revolutions start with a single person doing something that inspires others. They join in. Others join them. At some point, things tip. It goes viral. A movement starts gaining momentum.
Gifting, in one form or another, is a world-wide phenomenon that is gathering steam. From random acts of generosity like this one to organizations like time banks and giving cooperatives, people are selflessly helping each other. Why? Because this is the natural way for us to be with each other.
The question isn’t so much “What can I do?” but rather, “Who can I be?” Can we choose to be generous and caring all the time towards everyone? If so, then our positive influence will persist far beyond and deeper than any imaginative initiative we may create.
But, let’s do that too!