Each year I get involved with the annual United Way campaign, helping to raise funds so that the United Way can support all of the amazing charities that it does. This year I am working on the major donor committee and get to talk with leaders in the Ottawa-Carleton area and try to convince them to support the United way at the major donor level ($5,000 and up).
It is refreshing to talk to some of these people who give so much both in dollars but also in time and energy, when they are so busy themselves. It is inspiring to talk with senior executives who take time out of their busy schedules to volunteer with the various charities … and it is inspiring to hear them talk about how they increase their donations each year.
I was talking with one executive last week who, like me, believe that the more you give the more you get. This was one of the Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die … a book review I wrote recently. Each year he increases his monetary contribution and he has volunteered his time for years to support the United Way … and he regularly works 10 to 12 hour days. Ask yourself why it is busy people who give, and why is it that hey are successful?
We could talk about Karma … and I would not argue against that concept. I think it is as likely something within the people themselves. Something either learned or naturally a part of their character, but it is within them to give and invariably these are people who are happier, who are “successful”, who are content in their own skin. These are achievers!
I wrote a blog entry some time ago about Positive People and these are those same kind of people. Positive people are typically people who give generously, people who inspire and who make things happen.
What kind of person are you?
Are you a glass half full person?
Are you someone who is a giver?
Are you generous with you money, your time, your attitude?
Are you someone who looks for the good in people, in situations, in organizations?
Are you someone who wakes up and LIVES their life fully?
Take another look at that book review … we all only get one “go around” at this life, “Life is not a dress rehearsal … Rose Tremain”. Start tomorrow … be a positive force, be happy, give generously. You will find it all comes back to you … and maybe you will be an inspiration!