“A new baby is like the beginning of all things — wonder, hope, a dream of possibility.” – Eda J. LeShan
This holiday season I’m receiving the perfect gift – a beautiful angel – a granddaughter. It is happening sooner than expected, but I am over the moon in love and she hasn’t even arrived yet. My perspective on most things has changed as I’ve aged, but welcoming a grandchild has created the biggest shift.
I’m already concerned about the world and our community. There are many challenges we face. The hills sometimes appear too steep, but I’m also keenly aware that people are trudging up the hill to make lives for generations to come much better. My hope is my granddaughter will always live in a community striving to better itself. We see it every day in the Greater Lansing area.
People give of themselves in a wide variety of ways, whether it is financially, through the donation of material goods or the gift of time. There is no wrong way to serve. The act of service itself is where the importance is found and the need is fulfilled.
The United Way casts a wide net when it comes to doing good and improving lives in communities across the nation and around the world. In this issue of Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine, we spotlight the century of work that our own Capital Area United Way has undertaken as it celebrates its 100th anniversary this year serving Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties.
There is no shortage of worthy organizations and endeavors in our community that rely on the abundance of kindness and generosity that seem so top of mind during this month. Many of these organizations depend on these last few weeks of each year to meet their goals and expectations in bettering lives throughout our region. The people they serve depend on services to endure the trying times in which they find themselves.
It’s true that charitable giving is a practice that best feeds the spirit when it’s practiced throughout the year; however, the plight of the friends and neighbors in our community who are struggling through moments of personal adversity tend to play more prominently in the foreground during this season of goodwill.
We live in a sometimes seemingly pessimistic world, so it’s always encouraging when the optimism of selfless altruism rises above. The unencumbered willingness to momentarily place a pause on personal issues and concerns in order to lend a supporting hand is what gives this time of the year a gentler and warming hue.
Hold tight to your families and provide a path of goodness for them to walk. Give to your community in a way that makes sense to you and feel good that you’re making your community a better place to live, work and play. We are all interconnected. We should all share our love, time and resources when able.