Thursday, October 9, 2008

Confessions of a Temporary Non-Giver

Guest Blogger: Amy Sinykin, Special Projects & Operations

I’ve been feeling some stress and guilt lately. You see, I have had a “bill” or a pledge reminder from a charityilike to which I pledged earlier this year. In fact, I’m pretty sure the reminder I have is the third one. Clearly, I’ve been remiss in paying my pledge. And, it’s not because I don’t want to give to charityilike. But, due to some family circumstances, my family isn’t in a position to pay the gift in full as originally intended. I’ve been frozen into inaction because of guilt. Ack.

Then just yesterday, as I sorted through the mail, I was reminded by charityialsolike about our monthly contribution. Ironically, the full amount of our gifts for charityilike and charityialsolike are equal. The gift to charityialsolike is guilt-free and pretty painless in our current situation. I thought, “Duh? Why didn’t I think of that earlier?” Instead of inaction in paying my pledge, I can call and let them know it will be paid differently, on a monthly schedule.

Anyone else feeling silly for me?

Giving is important to me and my family. It’s something we want to teach our children; its something I really don’t want to give up doing. As we weather this time of financial uncertainty, I don’ t need the added discomfort of feeling guilty for not giving. (I can manage enough guilt during normal day-to-day operations.)

Whew…see that flying over there? That’s my guilt lifting off my shoulders… and it’s that general feeling of lightness that I enjoy when I am able to give.

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