Giving

Yesterday I donated a pint of my high iron, well hydrated, dark red healthy blood. I’ve been trying to donate for years, but haven’t qualified because I had been tattooed too recently, I didn’t weigh enough, I had been to a country that is malaria ridden, etc. etc. Well, I finally weigh enough, I haven’t been tattooed in almost 10 years, and I haven’t been to a high-risk country in the past year, so donate I did.

When I was sitting in the waiting area, I felt really excited. It felt like I was doing something tangible that will help someone. Even though I almost passed out at the very end of the process (when you only weigh 110 pounds, your body notices when a pint of blood goes missing), I plan on donating blood when I am able to.

*It’s also ironic that I almost passed out, as a synonym for “giving” is “pass out.” I suppose it was only appropriate.*

I found the following information on the Red Cross’s website:

“Only 38% of Americans are eligible to donate blood and of those only 8% do. That amounts to only 3 out of every 100 people.”

If you are able, GIVE!

Here are a few quotes on giving that I really appreciate:

“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”
-Albert Einstein

“Do not stand on a high pedestal and take 5 cents in your hand and say, “here, my poor man”, but be grateful that the poor man is there, so by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself.It is not the receiver that is blessed, but it is the giver.Be thankful that you are allowed to exercise your power of benevolence and mercy in the world, and thus become pure and perfect.”
-Swami Vivekananda

“As a mother would risk her life
to protect her child, her only child,
even so should one cultivate a limitless heart
with regard to all beings.
With good will for the entire cosmos,
cultivate a limitless heart:
Above, below, & all around,
unobstructed, without hostility or hate.
Whether standing, walking,
sitting, or lying down,
as long as one is alert,
one should be resolved on this mindfulness.
This is called a sublime abiding
here & now.”
-Buddha

Here is a list of organizations that my husband and I give to, that I would urge you to consider giving to as well:

http://www.redcrossblood.org/

http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/

http://www.lls.org/

http://www.pacificpower.net/bluesky

http://www.mercycorps.org/

http://www.newavenues.org/

http://www.heartforthenations.net/

While we do give, I know that I can give more and I hope to retain this joyful feeling after donating blood so that I am motivated to give when I can.

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