How do you get from Betty White to a bestseller? No, it’s not a question in Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon; it’s what I’m hoping to achieve through my Author Effect project on Facebook.
Archive for June 2010
I think I need to start this entry with a sincere apology that I have not updated my giving all week. This time of year demands all of my attention at school with the added pressure of grad school—needless to say I am a little behind is all of it right now! I have been giving though and this is how it went:
Jessie is my 9 year-old Irish Setter and has been my faithful companion since the day I brought her little scrawny 10 week-old body home, and today she was the benefactor of my giving.
When giving is this fun, it hardly feels like giving at all; it makes me feel like I am taking more than I give but I think that might be the point of this whole challenge!
Today’s gift may be the most transformative yet; not to mention the most unexpected. I am currently away at outdoor school with a large group of students and teachers and unfortuntely, one of our students fell ill late last evening.
Although I don’t want my giving to become robotic or planned weeks in advance, there is a certain amount of planning that enables me to give in ways that I can’t if I just left it all to chance.
As my giving challenge continues, I find myself going back to my perfectionist roots. When a giving opportunity doesn’t just fall into my lap, I have to think about what I can give and that makes me wonder if I am going about this the wrong way
I am home from work and I just realized that giving has escaped me today—a small bit of panic set in when I realized this! What will I give?
I love that my giving is helping to remind me that I have knowledge and talents that other people value. In our busy world, it’s easy to feel like you are an island trying to stay afloat in a sea of others doing the same. I think we have a tendency to take our daily interactions with others for granted and not see how much we value others, and how much others value us.
Today was my first day of the 29 Days of Giving and I thought I had a plan this morning. I was all ready to give this thing to a colleague and then I forgot it at home—it must not have been in the stars! So I went in and started the day and didn’t really think about what I was going to give because I was far too busy to even contemplate it.