Downshift Spending & Keep Your Writing Career In Grow Mode: Part Five

Give When, How & What You Can

While bad news for the economy is coming at us every which way, there is only one sure-fire way to stay out of fear. And that is to give. People have all kinds of ideas about what giving means, so let’s look at that. Sometimes we give out of habit. We give out of duty. We give out of sense of obligation. We give because it might make us look good to others. We give because we were or are told we should.

But I suggest a slightly different approach to giving. How about giving when, how and what you can. In other words, don’t give for any of those other reasons, if you don’t want to. Instead examine where you are plentiful and overflowing and give from that supply. We are all plentiful somewhere or somehow. So even as our grocery budgets are feeling the penny pinch. And even as we cut down on the number of miles we drive. There are infinite ways to be generous.

Get creative. You needn’t only give in the same old ways. Or feel badly because belt-tightening means a decline in giving the way you always have. It’s amazing how when you start with what you have plenty of, ideas flow in about how to share it, and the next thing you know you are having fun and feeling prosperous.

Need more ideas on how to keep your spirits and your bottom line up in a down-turning economy? You can read the first four parts of this serial post by clicking here.

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1 Response to “Downshift Spending & Keep Your Writing Career In Grow Mode: Part Five”


  1. 1 Bonita July 16, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    This is excellent advice! I have a tendency to look at all I don’t have instead of focusing on what I do have. I never thought about the fact that each of us truly has plenty of something that we can share with others. Great perspective!


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