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Hitting target for Giving

June 9th, 2010 at 06:50 am

Under my new budget post-debt-freedom, all I could squeeze was 5.5% for Giving.

Was talking to my Aunty in America who's having a rough time of it recently and have decided to send her over 4.5% monthly to bring the Giving total up to the target 10%.

That feels quite substantial.

On one hand, I think "That's as much as I'm putting away into my retirement account - i.e. too much. Think what I could get if I invested it or added it to my spending money".

On the other hand, I think:

* I'm either going to give to others or I'm not. Waiting until I'm Financially Independent to give (i.e. have no money worries) may mean I never give because when can you have too much Independence ? And there will always be SOMEthing to spend money on (for example, I might say to myself that new TV really is a necessity for now - I deserve it).

* There is no future, there is only Now. When 1st January 2015 (for example) comes, it will be still be Now. Future is a useful mental concept for making plans/appointments etc but it is nothing but a mental concept i.e. you can't build your life on it. Give now or don't give.

* How will I feel if my Aunty isn't around in the future and I knew I didn't help her in her time of need ?

* I'm hoping, selfishly, that Giving will give me a feeling of wealth i.e. I've giving a substantial amount of my income away, therefore I'm ok financially. I can live without X amount per month - I have all the money I need. (Want is a different matter ! lol).

* Karma. Putting back into the World what you get out of it. Trusting in life. Focusing on relationships rather than dollar and cents etc.

Yeah... so there it is. I guess I'm arrived into a place of financial comfortableness if that's a word. I havn't got a lot in Western World terms but I have more than I need for Now which is more than most people in the World have when you think about it.

7 Responses to “Hitting target for Giving”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Suze Orman is a financial guru here in America and she ends each show with this slogan: "People first,then money, then things." You are truly doing that. Bless you for being good to your aunty.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Aunties the world over are charmed by your kindness. Smile

  3. momcents Says:

    You are a sweet guy, Apprentice Bliss.

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    Very good thinking! Thanks for the motivational boost--you're absolutely right that it's now or never--the future will never come. Smile

  5. Apprentice Bliss Hunter Says:

    Thanks guys :-)

  6. My English Castle Says:

    Good for you! Positive energy and paying it forward.

  7. Jerry Says:

    You are right on all counts, of course, although very few people have the mindset to lead them to do what you are doing. Frankly, the world would be a better place if we had some insurance that people would think of others, how they can give, and how they can make things better for those they love. Congrats on being that kind of person!
    Jerry

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