I have been thinking a lot about charity lately. USA is a nation of helpers. Everyone is in some way or another involved in the community.
I was raised in a society where helping others is not a social event. We never had fund raisers, our parents never got involved volunteering to a certain cause. We all worked hard and paid half of our wages towards taxes. In return we were always given the best possible care and education. If anyone fell on hard times family and friends helped.
But every Christmas we bought cards printed by Unicef. Every single family back home,to this day will send a Unicef greeting. Guaranteed.
I live a very happy, healthy and comfortable life. If I was given a million dollars today I would not change a thing. Except donate it to a worthy cause. Realistically though, my life will remain the same. There will always be bills to pay, things to buy, education to provide. I doubt there will ever be an excess of money in my family. And that is OK.
I am also spending my sons first few years with him, all day every day. Out of choice and because my Husband works hard to let me have that choice. I enjoy my life and at the risk of sounding selfish, I am not willing to spend time elsewhere. You will not see me volunteering at events or training to run for a worthy cause. And that is OK.
To me right now the most important cause in life is my child. For him to grow up happy and healthy, a productive member of society who will one day make his own mark on Earth. And I dare say every mother in this world feels the same way.
I know there are so many causes worth supporting. I have been fortunate never in my life to be affected by a tragedy and to have to advocate and educate on any particular cause. As a person I am fearless, as a mother my only fear is my child dying. I am not asking you to donate. I know how hard it is to commit to this or that. All I ask is to please watch this video. To be thankful for the fact that we are bringing up our children in an environment where most basic reasons for survival are a given. And give yourselves a pat on the back. Because you care and you love. That matters. To your children and to the future of us all.
But if you happen to be in the market for greeting cards, please buy Unicef. Believe in Zero.
This post is not sponsored or endorsed by anyone. I do truly hope one day all children will be born with equal chances of survival.