Hey!!!! Hi. :) Welcome to week 7. Lots of positive things are happening in my life but they are coming so fast it's hard to mentally track "the things", leading to stress sneaking in my brain. The beauty of it all, is that it doesn't really matter all that much. Things tend to work out. But, but but... here I am back in blog mode, taking control of 30 minutes of my life.
This week I was thinking about donations to charities and I find it hard to genuinely determine the real benefits of a donation. There's some bad information and complaints out there on any given charity and there's also new studies on the impact on how giving+capitalism can fit together (Tom's Shoes, LifeStraw, Kiva) and survive long-term.
Long story short, I couldn't decide on a charity, so I asked folks in a group-chat simply to name charities and that the first answer would "win". The quickest answer was ASPCA and thus received a $50 donation. Other suggestions included World Wildlife Foundation, charity: water, Autism Research Institute (although I think I would have had to donate tissue, not cash) and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
I'm sure the other charities are just as deserving and may even make it to a future giving session. Regardless, giving to a cause like ASPCA feels right. I've had this mental block for a long time on charities - but I was thinking too much, I was bogged-down by all the research I thought I needed to do. I chose "do" over "think" and it felt great.
Paul in Amsterdam.