This morning I sent out one of my “Money Missions” (an e-mail program helping people get super-organized with their money), and for one group, the mission was to choose a not-for-profit, and organize some regular giving mechanism – post-dated cheques, pre-authorized payments, etc.
I had to pause for a moment. The truth is, for the past year, I have given almost nothing, even though I intend to, and desire to. My reasoning until now has been, “I’m building my business”. (Your Money by Design, helping middle-income Canadians become really savvy managing money) “Every dime goes back into building my business”. And it’s true: I’ve been personally living more frugally than I have in my life. And yet. I have cable. I have internet. I bought a gorgeous new mac. I bring in a cleaner for my condo from time to time. And yet I “can’t afford” to give?
Time to change this. I’ve now sent monthly cheques off the the charity of my choice. They’re not massive, but they’re happening. It feels good. It feels right.