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Third Annual 10 Day Give Starts Friday

September 30, 2010 · Filed Under Giving · 9 Comments 

Friday is the first day of October but it is also the first day of the “10 Day Give.”  If you are not familiar with it, the 10 Day Give is a challenge conceived by Bob over at ChristianPF.com.  Its purpose is summed up succinctly as a way to “get our minds off of ourselves and start thinking about how we can help others.”

If you read the title of the post, you know that this is the third annual 10 Day Give…so if you haven’t done it before, this is the year!  And if you have participated previously, keep the momentum going!  I was a bystander the first year but did participate last year…only I didn’t do a great job of actually helping others.  I didn’t “actively participate” all 10 days so this year I’m trying to do a better job.

So, I guess I will say that this post serves as my challenge to you (and even more so to me) to participate in this year’s event.  So what does that all mean? Well, head on over to the 10 day give site to get more info and sign up but it’s pretty much what you already think it is.  For 10 days starting October 1st, try to give something to someone each day (that’s it?  yep, that’s it…pretty simple).  It could be money but it doesn’t have to be.  It could be a gift but it doesn’t have to be.  Sure, you could buy someone a coffee or lunch but you could also give someone a gift for no reason or do something for someone or spend your time with someone.  Get creative…get inspired…get motivated…and get going (No, actually, wait until Friday…just kidding).

First stop: head over to ChristianPF and find out more information about the 10 Day Give and add your name to the list of participants.

PS: Most of this post was actually written to inspire and motivate myself…but if inspires and motivates anyone else then all the better!

The 10 Day Give – Starts Today

October 1, 2009 · Filed Under Giving · 1 Comment 

Today is the kick off of the 10 Day Give – proposed and spearheaded by Bob of Christianpf.com. I believe this is the 2nd annual version of this event. I didn’t really participate last year but I am going to try hard to take part this time around.  I invite you to join in as well!

There are a few posts on Christianpf.com that provide more info about this event –   check out the kickoff post or the FAQ to get more details.  There is also a sign-up page for it (maybe if you actually sign-up for it, it will keep you motivated to continue throughout the 10 days).

So, I just signed up and I’m going to read more of the info on Bob’s site to get some ideas on how to reach out and give to those around me.  Remember, this is not necessarily giving money – it’s just giving (of your time, expertise, whatever).  And it’s only 10 days.  Again, I urge you to sign up and give and then see what happens for those around you and for you!

Warning – upcoming glimpse into the mind of an engineer – not for the faint of heart

As I mentioned, I just signed up right now but I’ve been thinking about this for a few days and I actually started yesterday in a tiny, tiny way.  My parents have been visiting for a few days as a stopover on their way to Florida.  Last night I drove with my Dad to fill up the tank with gas for the rest of their trip.  And I knew that I had a 10 cents per gallon credit at the gas station so I decided to give it to him as a tiny “give.”  Man, I can’t tell you how hard that was to do….I mean, it would have been nothing to give my parents $1.30 or whatever it came out to be, but the engineer inside of me reared his ugly head because their gas tank was half full!! Whenever I use these credits, I only use them on our van and only when it is empty.  I know, it’s insane – but I can’t help it!  Anyway, I forced myself to do it and was glad that I did something that was (although admittedly stupid) kinda hard for me to do.

I’m sure that’s much more than you ever wanted to know about me, but I’m trying to be honest here.  And I suggest that you take the opportunity of the 10 Day Give to try to push yourself out of your comfort zone a little bit.  Maybe you’ll end up expanding that comfort zone and making yourself a better person as a result.  Good luck!

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