As an avowed Empathy Queen, individuals with passion, enthusiasm, sincerity, humor, honesty, and resilience are the ones who elicit my strongest sense of empathy.
When you have created strong emotion, for good or bad, you have found an audience that wants to take action. Sympathy, pity and fear are short-term motivators and cause people to disconnect. Yet, empathy makes someone want to advocate for you.
This is the time of year when people want inclusion and to reinforce our desire for positive change in the world. Every mass appeal still needs to reach the group as one person at a time to engage the head, heart and hands.
While I paused to consider those things for which I am grateful, my thoughts ran to setting aside some time and funds to donate on Giving Tuesday.
#Giving Tuesday is on November 29, 2016 and is a global collaboration of social media and begins a notable period of charitable giving for the Holiday season and through the end of the year.
You can give your time, your money, or any other gift that can make a difference in your workplace, community, school, state, or country. Last year, over 700,000 people in 70 countries raised over $116,000,000 online!
We have so many wonderful charities to advocate for and people who need someone to fight for them. I have personally witnessed the devastation of ALS, destroying our loved ones and families, one neuron at a time. Mental health stigma and shame still exists on a monumental level. Not only do we still lack health insurance parity in the US, but, many are unable to seek treatment as fewer and fewer providers offer any insurance coverage at all. Less than 41% of individuals in the U.S. with a mental health condition received treatment this past year (http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers).
You are sensitive to those life-changing crises that have affected you and can offer encouragement, support, and comfort to someone who thinks that no one else in the world can possibly understand.
Choose a cause that elicits your empathy; you understand because you have experienced it firsthand. Each of us has struggled and that can be a lesson and an aid to understanding another. We have so much to be thankful for and gratitude for that which we have survived. Sharing our blessings with those whom we care for is part of how we prepare for Thanksgiving.
Sharing our blessings with those who need our help is part of how we can prepare for #Giving Tuesday and throughout the charitable season.
Wishing you every blessing to share ~~~
Thank you so much for sharing your time with me.