25 Days of Do-Goodery – Day 1

My mom will tell you that I was born this way. Born with a heart bigger than my head.

 

When I was little, a friend’s family experienced a house fire that took everything they had. When I found out, I immediately went to my bedroom and pulled every last piece of clothing I could reach down from their hangers and out of the drawers, and put them in my Barbie suitcase. My mom asked what I was doing. I told her that no one should ever have to go without clothes and that my friend needed my clothes more than I did right now.

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I told her I could just wear my NKOTB outfit to school everyday.

Mom has a lot of stories like that one – from my infant years through last week. She thinks I was born a giver. A carer. A do-gooder, as I call it. I suppose it’s possible… that I was genetically predispositioned to give. But I think it’s something more.

My motivation to give back comes from the role models and fine examples of do-goodery I have in life. I was raised in a huge family that always helped other people. Family members went out on a limb to help other family members. My grandma volunteered at a hospital. My mom is a natural born caregiver and my dad rescued people from fires for a living. My sisters are nurses. My brother, a soldier.

lingoofloveI was (and still am) surrounded by people who give with everything they’ve got…. because they have more than enough love to go around. They taught me giving is the language of love and have taught me:

  1. Blessings are meant to be shared.
  2. Giving even a little makes a huge impact on others.
  3. Do-goodery allows you to give something away without feeling like you have less of what you started with.

 

So tell me…

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I want to know. Sound off in the comments below!

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This post is part of 25-Days of Do-Goodery… a month-long celebration of doing good, giving back, and making this world a better place. To learn more about #25DDG, click here!

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7 Comments
  1. I was also raised by a whole family of do-gooders. My Nana and Dad never think twice to help out their fellow human so it was easy for me to follow suit. The beauty of kindness is that it grows when shared- there’s always more than enough to go around.

    • I love that!! “The beauty of kindness is that it grows when shared”. *swoon* Dad and Nana sound like my kind of people. <3

  2. I have several thoughts about this, but first (and most importantly), I think this needs to be your theme song of the month: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jK-NcRmVcw (though I wish I could find a video of just Gob). It’s not NKOTB, buuuut, it’s total eighties awesomesauce.

    Secondly. You are brilliant and such a kind human being. We need more Megans walking around doing good. I love that one of your missions is to help other people do good. 🙂

    Thirdly. I give back because I feel like we are all in this together and so giving is a double-scoop of selfish. When I give, it gives back to the world that I live in making it better for me. It also gives me the same feeling as rolling around in a tub of brownies and puppies. Since I can’t find enough willing puppies to achieve this feeling, I give.

    xoxo

    • First and foremost, you are my TV spirit animal. I accept your proposal for the theme song… and fully second your wish for just Gob.

      Secondly, you make my cheeks pink. You’re sweet. <3

      Brownies and puppies! That is, quite possibly, the best analogy for the emotional benefit of giving back that I have ever heard. You deserve a trophy for that one.

  3. I’m inspired to give back, because I’ve spent a good part of my life on the receiving end of things. Starting with my school teachers (who I still consider to be superheroes) I’ve always been blessed with amazing people in my life that were generous with their time, encouragement and support. Through their actions they made giving back feel as natural to me as any other interaction.

    • I just love your inspiration, Raven! Being shown what it means to give and what generosity can do in another person’s life is super powerful.

  4. PEOPLEPEOPLEPEOPLEPEOPLE. They are SO brilliant, SO mind blowingly awesome — and I mean that, I am in AWE of people and their many gifts. So, to me, giving back is really an exchange: a lifestyle of open heartedness. When your heart is open, you can hear what others are saying loud and clear. The heart is like a giant eardrum!

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