Today’s society teaches us about consumerism & the ‘joys’ of acquiring more & more. It teaches us to feel a constant need for the newest ‘toys’. You just purchased your new phone; a few months go by & the newer, better, ‘cooler’ version appears on the market. You absolutely MUST have the new one, you NEED it, you absolutely must find a way to BUY it in order to be happy & fulfilled, in order to FIT IN.
Yes, you have a busy life & a busy schedule, but please take a minute, or even a few seconds to reflect & think of the last time you performed a random act of kindness.
How do you feel when you selflessly give to others & see their eyes sparkle & happiness engulf their being?
I truly feel that I was born with an innate sense of giving. I always felt happier seeing the joy my gifts would bring to others. As a child, I began with small, meaningful gifts, such as hand made cards, entertainment shows for my family and friends, making photo albums & my favourite, framed photos. As societal conditioning infiltrated my mind, I took giving to a new level, to the point where I would give more than I could afford. I would buy, buy, buy & give, give, give. I hadn’t realized that I was falling for society’s ‘tricks’. I began to place myself last & only focus on others: family, friends, boyfriends, acquaintances, coworkers. There was an internal confusion, struggle & disconnect between my soul & societal conditioning. The true meaning of giving became lost in the chaos of consumerism.
During the fall of 2015, I consciously awakened. I am now finally able to observe with a sense of detachment & thus make decisions based on conscious choices, aligned with my values & true self rather than react to society’s noise & chaos. I realize that I don’t NEED everything I’ve been conditioned to believe I need.
I HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH!
With the holiday season approaching, instead of thinking of more personal possessions you think you absolutely must have, think of those that not only cannot afford to give their children gifts, but cannot even provide their children with proper nutrition & clothing. How can you possibly justify buying more of what you already have while children all around us, in our neighbourhoods, cities, countries, continents, world continue to live in hunger & lack the basic needs for survival that you take for granted every single moment of your lives?
When we immigrated to Canada, in January 1996, almost 20 years ago, my parents sacrificed themselves for us, their two daughters. Respected engineers, in Romania, as new immigrants, they worked several low end jobs & struggled each day to ensure their daughters did not feel lack in their lives, & we certainly didn’t. However, my sister & I didn’t realize what our parents were going through until we both became adults & heard their stories. The struggles they overcame prove to us the power of
Following my conscious awakening, this fall, I began to take steps towards a life of minimalism. Creating my own Foundation has been one of my life goals. On Wednesday, October 28th I made my first major donation, giving half of my material possessions while urging my family, close friends & coworkers to follow suit.
Today, December 1, 2015, Romania’s National Day, I am giving back to The Scott Mission, an organization that helps those in need, the homeless, the poor, new immigrants & low income families. During the first few years, as new immigrants, the Scott Mission helped us once a month with food & clothing. My Mom, volunteers every winter at this organization where she once took me to help carry the gifts they gave to us for the holidays, food & clothing. Mom: “Remember your favourite green, fall coat, Ionica (little Yoana)? That was from the Scott Mission, my love.” I had forgotten, but now I remember; now I know what must be done!
I truly have more than enough, so this holiday season I will not accept any material gifts! All I want this holiday season is a bag of your gently used possessions!
Thank ♡ You
The Scott Mission