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“Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” – Mother Teresa

This is number 9 in the top 10 goals checklist – Your goals must include contribution. Contributions can and should be in time, talent and/or money because remember what you sow is what you reap.

So many people are consumed with making more and more money that they forget to give back to society. You cannot constantly keep taking without giving back;  then you are simply a taker.  Eventually takers are seen for what they really are and will lose out in the long run.

I’m not saying you should blindly give to anything. Think, and think hard – remember #6 – your goals should be in alignment with your values. Well when you give back to society, make sure what you are giving to is also in alignment with your values.

This is fairly easy if we give back in time and talent because we know where and for whom we are giving our time and talent to.  When it comes to giving your money, do you really know what that organization stands for, what their core values are?

In giving, you need to understand that all you have comes from your Creator but you also need to ensure that the money you give is being used in accordance with you values. If you do not believe in abortion, contraception, pre-marital sex or homosexuality, then please, please check out the organizations you are giving to. So many seemingly good organizations contribute to other organizations that support some or all of the above.

Make giving a part of your goal program and do so unconditionally.  Don’t expect a payback, do it from the heart and you will reap benefits you never even expected.


About Mme Jocelyne

Hi, I'm a transplanted northerner–(born and raised in New York to French immigrants–Oui je parle Francais)-living in Florida for 20 years. In the 70's I worked as a realtor in the Bronx – City Island to be exact. Then I started a family and didn't keep up my license. I aspired to a career in architecture, so I went to New York Institute of Technology for three years, moved to Florida and finished my degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville. After 10 years of working in my dream career I sustained an injury to my shoulder. This injury never healed because I was constantly on the computer doing cad design. I finally decided to make a career change – something where I could use my training as an architect. Needless to say, I was worried – where will the money come from? How will I be able to afford my career change? But, I put my faith in God and went for it. It’s the best move I ever made, other than my husband, children and dogs.

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