Giving Spree 2009

26 10 2009


I’ve been on hiatus the last few weeks, but I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on the amazing run the New Orleans Saints are having this season.  I’m not a Saints fan, but you just have to give credit where credit is due.  Drew Brees is still looking for the shoe he “lost” while matching against the Giants’ defense last week.  Miami gave it the best try I’ve seen so far, but it is hard to compete with a team that makes scoring close to 50 points look easy!  I’m not sure if Drew Brees acknowledges it, but by bringing the aura of winning to a town that is still rebuilding from tragedy – he is presenting a very special gift to New Orleans.  Winning is contagious and even something as simple as a football performance can inspire resilience.

Giving is also contagious, but instead it inspires love and gratitude.  Giving reminds the recipient that they are cared for, but it also reminds the giver of the amazing connection humans are able to have with one another.  In my very worst times in life, I could still find ways to give.  That act of giving was often the thing that helped me turn a pity party into genuine gratitude for the life experience we get to have here together.

Thanksgiving is a perfect time to appreciate all that has been given to us, but it is also a great time to renew a commitment to giving more.  For the next 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving, I will be dedicated to maximum gifting.  I’m not talking about going to the mall and buying up all the sweaters I see.  I’m talking about keeping my eye out for opportunities to give of myself.  I’d love it if you took the journey with me.  You don’t have to commit to the entire 30 days, but choose what would work best for you.  Try a single day, a week, or just a sporadic endeavor.  No attempt to give is too small (like a genuine compliment or holding the door open for a stranger) or too big (like ending poverty or striving for world peace).  Look for ways to give as much as you can and as often as you can!  I will report on my journey through this blog, but you can tell me about yours through email ( or the comments section of each entry.

Please pass the word on so this Giving Spree can become highly contagious.  I’m trying to rival the Swine Flu! Speaking of Swine Flu, take a minute and go wash your hands.   See even that tip is a gift!  You’re the quarterback; I’m just here to protect you.