Pshew, who would think that such a simple idea would stump me? I posted over the weekend about Tangible Karma Day: taking an hour to contemplate the needs in one’s immediate world and then taking a tangible step to help. This should be the easiest thing in the world, right? But I was out of ideas for this one. I don’t really have time to volunteer. Everyone needs money, but as a grad student it’s tight and I’m not sure the point of tangible karma was just to write a check.
The difficult thing, I think, is feeling that one needs to build a school or feed a village. Even in my medium-sized Midwestern city, if one stops to look around the need is so great it can feel overwhelming. So I decided to scale back and do something small. The apartment is overdue for a spring clean and I have a growing pile of gently used clothes and household items that are destined for St. Vincent de Paul. I don’t feel this is enough, but it’s a start.
Today’s mitzvah: Be nice to yourself as you find a small way to give back.