Right after Thanksgiving, I wrote about my intention to Do One Thing. More recently, I've been trying to offer myself and my clients a way of thinking about what that one thing might be. Some days, I can give money -- to meet an immediate need, to support a particular political outcome, to produce art that inspires change, or to boost a locally-owned business. On other days I might be able to volunteer or show up at a rally or make phone calls. I can also give my attention to who and what matters to me, or applaud someone else's efforts. All of these things are actions that express my values and help build the world I want to live in.
Everyone's list is different. You might have more time than money -- or not much of either. You might be terrified of phone calls, but great at writing letters or podcasting. You might not be able to show up for a midday rally, but you might have a talent for making signs that others can carry.
If your life is already full of caregiving or a particular kind of work -- your new actions might be limited to appreciating what others can do. If you have a moment to say "thanks" to someone else -- make that your gift for the day, and appreciate yourself for doing it.
Within this post is a picture I drew that helps frame the question of "what can I give?". I'd love to hear your thoughts about it.
This week's invitation: If you were to draw your own frame for giving, what would it look like? Where and how would you like to give?
With my best wishes. --Michelle
PS: It's easy to draw your own version of this framework, but if you'd like a blank version of mine (without the ideas in each quadrant) -- just send me a note via my Contact form and I'll email one to you. --MH