What has to happen before you jump into figuring out which ways to do good are best for you and your family? What frame of mind is best if you want to enjoy a rewarding experience with philanthropy?
An easy way to get your head around this is to think about what the airlines always tell you, during the instructions just before take off. “Put on your oxygen mask first, before you help the child next to you.”
You can’t do much good for others if you aren’t first taking care of yourself. It starts with being who you are, feeling worthy, and knowing you are good enough.
"I really love this picture you painted in second grade," I told my middle daughter one day. I snapped a quick photo of the framed "L-O-V-E" hanging on the wall in my kitchen. "It reminds me of when you were little."
"You cut off part of my painting in the picture you just took," my daughter pointed out, studying the screen on my phone. "The right side of the 'O' is missing."
Ah. So I had. “Love,” in my photograph, was spelled with a wide open "O." The ”O” looked like a big “C.”
Oh well. Isn't that what love is? It's not about what's missing. It's about the parts that are there.