The Most Human Thing Is To Be In Need

I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the givers

Shannon Ashley
Honestly Yours
Published in
10 min readNov 29, 2022

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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

In case you missed it, it’s GivingTuesday. The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping and sales often extends across the weekend into Cyber Monday specials.

After that whole spend fest (for many consumers, anyway), comes GivingTuesday — a global movement celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. The purpose is simple as “a day that encourages people to do good.”

From GivingTuesday.org

GivingTuesday is an ongoing weekly event, but it’s perhaps most recognizable today, as the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. That’s when more people and businesses tend to make an effort to “give back” in a myriad of ways, and to encourage others to give back too.

Giving back means different things to different people. Sometimes, it’s giving to charity through a more traditional non-profit organization. Sometimes, it’s giving to other causes, like individual campaigns on GoFundMe.

Of course, there are many other ways for us to lend a helping hand. Some folks might choose to highlight certain causes and raise awareness about various needs, while others might volunteer their time and service.

I recently told you about my sister, who runs an annual “adoption” drive for needy Minnesotan families, and at the moment, she’s still seeking givers for about 200 of those families this year. It’s yet another wonderful way to give back.

At its most basic level, giving is simply about doing good by helping others.

“While many call on philanthropists, policymakers and grantmakers to repair broken systems, GivingTuesday recognizes that we each can drive an enormous amount of positive change by rooting our everyday actions, decisions and behavior in radical generosity—the concept that the suffering of others should be as intolerable to us as our own suffering. Radical generosity invites people in to give what they can to create systemic change.”

The point is that we all have something we can give, and we all benefit from a more giving society.

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Shannon Ashley
Honestly Yours

It's not about being flawless, it's about being honest. Calling out vipers since 2018 🍵 https://ko-fi.com/shannonashley 📧 truthurts.substack.com