“If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that–warm things, kind things, sweet things–help and comfort and laughter–and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.”-Frances Hodgson Burnett
I have been reading about how we need to keep a balance between giving and over-giving. How givers can turn into their dark side and become over-givers. Givers that really expect something in return. Givers can turn into little ‘Darth Vader’ givers, or Santa Claus on a spree, The Good Fairy gone wild. Giving too much can make others uncomfortable and resentful. The Giver can become resentful if they do not get their expectations fulfilled. It can be connected to ‘people pleasing.’ Maybe it’s just a case of unrequited love.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt words for today, ‘give, giving, given.’ Featured image ‘Watery Heart’ by Pezibear on Pixabay.com
The National Council on Aging has started this holiday campaign and is reporting the sad statistic that half of the older women in the United States are struggling to meet their basic financial needs. Women are particularly vulnerable because they are the ones who stay home to take care of their families or take time off to take care of their parents. This effects the amount of Social Security and pension benefits women are able to accumulate in a lifetime. Add to that the loss of financial support due to divorce, job loss, or death and illness of a spouse.
AARP has a campaign as well to help financially strapped seniors and a link to help people determine what benefit programs they are eligible for.
AARP Foundation helps provide assistance to seniors with food, housing and income assistance.
This holiday, donate to NCOA to support grandmas in need. A $1 donation to NCOA can connect a struggling grandma with $60 in benefits to pay for daily needs.
Source: #GiveForGrandma This Holiday | NCOA
Or give to a charity of your choice that helps seniors and get involved in your community.