|from the nytimes.com|
I only have a single resolution to make this year. I had been wondering what to do and I got my wakeup call in this article from the nytimes. What I want in 2012 is to remember the really important things in life and help make the world a little better. To make sure that others have the right to live as I do, in peace and security and with freedom, to be fully human. I've been making efforts toward a minimalist life, but it was effort without true purpose. I think I have a purpose now - the goal of this minimalism will be to live more simply so that I can give my excess to others in need. I can only give my dollars, but hopefully they will allow others to directly help people in my stead. As women's rights is something I feel extremely strongly about, I will likely focus my giving to these groups. My charitable giving in the past has been mostly sporadic, sparked by some catastrophic event (earthquakes, tsunamis, etc), so I need to institute a system and schedule. I'm thinking to start reasonably within my budget at first ($100/month) and then see if I can add to that. My clothing budget is probably the most frivolous, and I think I have enough to wear certainly, for a year. So whatever I can manage not to spend in this category will be funneled toward charity. I want to be less selfish, and when I look back at the end of 2012, to see that I've done a little good, the best I can.