Fifth day of Christmas and still going strong. Well maybe not strong, but at least I am sticking to producing a blog post about hope every day. So far is has worked out that I got inspiration somehow during the day. And though the posts may not be profound, I still hope that they will cause some reflection and contemplation.
Today it will be about removing hope.
The inspiration came as I was going through my expenses. For several years I have supported a bunch of charities with money every month no matter what my financial situation was. I have come to realise that I will not be able to help everyone and that some of the charities are closer to my heart than others.
But it pains me. I know that some of the charities are really struggling and they need the support. And as I was looking for email addresses to tell the organisations that I will no longer support them, I look at the messages saying how supporting them creates hope for people. Which makes me feel like I am now removing hope, and that gives me a knot in the stomach. I am removing hope from bullied kids, sick kids, people in need.
That sucks. I also know that I have helped them over the years and that I can use the money to help in other places. I gave up supporting hospital clowns, Folkekirkens nødhjælp, and julemærkehjem. All really great causes – as many charities are.
I kept two charities:
- “Verdens skove” (World’s forests) that helps protect and grow forests and vegetation in Denmark and abroad. Originally they helped only in the rain forest, but now they also help locally.
- And TUBA – terapi til unge og børn af alkoholikere (Therapy for young and children of alcoholics); this therapy is not covered by the state and I know from experience how much that is needed, so this is personal to me.
I have the same problem, when it comes to helping people: I find it extremely hard to say no to people, if I know that I can help them, that I can make them feel better about themselves, that I can listen, that I can give them hope. And yet I must learn to say no to some.
I can’t help everyone, so all I can do is hope someone else will help where I cannot.
- Blog post for the first day of Christmas: There is still hope
- Blog post for the second day of Christmas: Who is hope for?
- Blog post for the third day of Christmas: Sharing hope
- Blog post for the fourth day of Christmas: Is there room for hope?
- Blog post for the sixth day of Christmas: Sacrifice and hope
- Blog post for the seventh day of Christmas: Helping hope along
- Blog post for the eight day of Christmas: A new hope
- Blog post for the ninth day of Christmas: The sound of hope
- Blog post for the tenth day of Christmas: Running out of hope
- Blog post for the eleventh day of Christmas: Creating a space for hope
- Blog post for the twelfth day of Christmas: What are my hopes?