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Impulse Philanthropy: Give To Those Angels On The Street Corner

There is a major aspect to philanthropic giving that is hidden from most people. This aspect is the numerous opportunities for unplanned giving that the Universe will throw at you to see if you are paying attention. Paying attention for what? Are you willing to give money away so that you can get more back? This is just like priming a pump and it is the most neglected principle of financial stability. In order to get what you want out of life, in this case, more money; then you must be willing to give it, money, away!

I have been giving money away for almost 30 years, and I started my streak as an “impulse giver” when I was 12 years old. What do I mean? Well, the usual pattern for me is that I’ll be walking down a street, and on the corner will be a guy standing with a sign stating that he needs money so that he can get something to eat. It is so habitual for me to take advantage of these impulsive opportunities that I am reaching for my wallet before I have finished reading the sign. Why? Because I know that the Universe is about to send me money or an opportunity to make money, and I need to prime the pump. This panhandler is actually an angel in disguise, and he is begging on that corner not just to help him but to help ME!

So I walk by the guy and slip a small gift into the bucket – not much, but whatever amount my conscience whispers to me. When I was 12-15 years old my usual donation was 25˘ to $2.00, which was all I could afford at the time. Now, I’m a lot better off and I’ve been known to drop $20-$60 at a time. I always listen to my conscience when selecting the amount. After donating to my “angel,” I will receive within a few days or that same day a phone call with a job opportunity or a check will arrive in the mail or I will be given something that I desperately need for “free.”

Now, you may consider me totally naďve for giving in this fashion. You have probably heard plenty of stories about panhandlers who spend their donations on booze, or who beg because they make more that way than they could in an “honest” job. You know my response to that? NOT … MY … PROBLEM! I am not here as anyone’s judge; I am only responsible for giving other people a hand up, in whatever fashion seems best. I give my money to street angels because that is what I’m supposed to do. What they choose to do with that money once they receive it is SO not my issue; it’s theirs. You and I are responsible only for listening to what our conscience tells us to do. So, don’t look at a panhandler with revulsion! See them for what they are angels in disguise.

The Universe wants to bless you with money, but you must prime the pump first, so dig into your pocket the next time your conscience whispers to you, “Hey, give that guy a fiver!”

Submitted by:

Janine Bolon

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