So it’s a little mortifying to admit that in years past, yes, this writer did participate in Giving Tuesday; however, I was far more caught up in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday that preceded it.
Happily, this year turned out to be different. True: most of the holiday shopping was completed by Black Friday this year so no pressure, no stress….and therein lies the gift this Giving Tuesday.
Having planned and shopped strategically all year long, this year delivered a freedom to really reflect on the causes I wanted to support and the comfort that I was prepared and empowered to do so.
Obviously, these are not huge endowments—just small donations to a handful of causes I care about (and can afford). This “current situation” has afforded me the opportunity to really experience and appreciate what this season is meant to be about…and reclaim that which I had emotionally, shall we say, “misplaced” in years past.
So #GivingTuesday has given me a gift as well. It doesn’t matter how much or how many donations you make—just one well-placed gesture (and perhaps the reflection that comes with it) can make all the difference for your cause… and for you.