On day 265 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I donated to a charity.
Some people believe self-care is self-serving, narcissistic even, but giving to others is a form of self-care too.
We give of ourselves in many ways: We give our time when we volunteer to help those in need, we give our money when we share our earnings with those who are struggling to support themselves, and we also give “things” that no longer serve us, knowing that others may find benefit in them.
The act of giving connects us to others in a special way, and it supports the environment by re-purposing consumables and reducing waste. It also helps us eliminate clutter from our own personal spaces (something that can stand in the way of our ability to share our unique gifts with the world).
After a recent bout of sorting and purging, I found myself starting an eclectic pile of things–things that had already served their purpose for me, things that I no longer needed, and things that I didn’t quite know why I had purchased in the first place.
But while those items my longer fill a need that I currently have, they certainly may fill a need that someone else has.
While I had hoped to become involved in a local community sharing group, I’ve since learned that I live outside the boundaries of the closest community chapter, so I had to find an alternative.
Donating unused items helps get them into the hands of those who need them, and many organizations also provide jobs within the community, which is an added bonus.
Do you have a few things lingering in the back of your closet?