Here in Las Vegas we’re technically a day late – National Philanthropy Day is officially celebrated on November 15th. Hey, the space wasn’t available – Blessed are the Flexible.
Feels like it couldn’t come at a better time. We are looking forward to pausing for a couple of hours and honoring the great work in our community and those who give of themselves so freely, generously and tirelessly.
I have Wordsworth in my head lately:
The world is too much with us; late and soon,Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—Little we see in Nature that is ours;We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;The winds that will be howling at all hours,And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;For this, for everything, we are out of tune;It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather beA Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.– The World Is Too Much With Us, William Wordsworth
The world IS too much with us – too much news, too much election, too much divisiveness, too much to do . . .
It’s good to pause, stop, look around and see that there IS good in the world. Great, wonderful, powerful good – people who make a difference in their little corner of the world, people who are showing kindness, patience, love.
Find those people and honor them. Philanthropy literally means “the love of humankind.”
Maybe we need more than a Philanthropy Day? Maybe we need a Philanthropy Year?
Or maybe we need to cling to and honor those little philanthropic acts we see every day, every moment. And recognize ourselves for those times when love of humankind far outweighs “the winds that will be howling at all hours.”