30/09/2009

give like you've never given before


so i've been on a podcast listening kick lately. it started out as a little side-project for work and has turned into a full-blown addiction.

a few that i've subscribed to through itunes are the big vision podcast, idealist.org, carruthers creek community church, and social innovation conversations, which are put offered by the stanford graduate school of business' centre for social innovation.

(if any of you guys happen to have others to recommend, then please let me know - i'll gratefully appreciate any additions to my repertoire. i don't have cable, so remember - a girl's gotta listen to something while she's living a productive tv-free life!)

anyhow - i came across this one by big vision about the 29-day giving challenge. i'd never heard of it before but am drawn to programs that support the link between well-being and being a good person.

cami walker, founder of the challenge, says:
The first day of my personal 29-Day Giving Challenge was preceded by a sleepless night. I was awake all night feeling angry and sorry for myself during a difficult flare up of my Multiple Sclerosis. When insomnia hits, I often go through old journals and read them. I found a note that I'd made during a phone session with one of my spiritual teachers, Mbali Creazzo, two months before. The note said, "Give something away each day for 29 days." It was 3 a.m. and I decided in that moment to take the suggestion.

And so my 29-Day Giving Challenge began that morning as I gave my first gift -- a simple supportive phone call to another friend living with MS. I woke up the next day and the next day after that feeling excited about what I might give away. And I began to notice that the more I gave away, the more abundance I was experiencing for myself.
i'm gonna try doing my own lil challenge over the next 29 days .. i'll post about it here (i'll make it brief so that you all don't get bored, but it'll be my little way of staying accountable) and you're more than welcome to join me, if you're interested. leave a link in the comments, and i'll be sure to link to you.

even if it doesn't radically change my life, doing something nice for someone else can only serve to put out positivity into the world .. and it needs a bit more positivity, i think. don't you?

you can read more about the challenge here or listen to cami's podcast here.
image from here

6 comments:

PonderandStitch said...

Wow- this is a really great idea...you are so good to take part! I'm trying to think of what I could give away...

SleightGirl said...

I love podcasts too! My favorites are: "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" (which is an NPR news quiz)...and "Weekend Puzzle with Will Shortz" (Kind of like doing a crossword puzzle while listening to the radio)

Amanda Nicole said...

I'm really looking forward to reading about this project, it sounds wonderful!

Britt Bravo said...

Thanks so much for listening to the Big Vision Podcast (:

Cami actually has a book coming out about the 29 Day Giving Challenge on October 6th called, 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life.

I'm a big fan of the Tranquility du Jour podcast by Kimberly Wilson and Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett.

Miss A said...

Ooh! I am going to take the challenge! Thanks for it!

prettylittleshop said...

wow- gorgeous photo!

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