Come Alive, Dear Reader – An Important Message

Come Alive, Dear Reader

Good morning, readers! We have a very important message for you today from a very special guest. Amber is going to be talking to you about how important it is to come alive. Well, I won’t give too much away. Enjoy!

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Come Alive, Dear Reader

When was the last time you helped a stranger in need? Or are you too busy? Too lost in your own chaos? Or, like many of us, are you too overwhelmed by constant access to information that sometimes you’re just blinded to it all?

Despite the motivational memes and inspirational pins flashing otherwise, we are often discouraged when it comes to shaping the world we’ll pass on to our children. We instead leave the tough choices to corrupt political leaders, money-hungry corporate directors, or social activists whose lifestyles seem far removed from our own. It is both sad and ironic that in a country born from revolution, few of us do more beyond “signing” yet another online petition.

For many, civic withdrawal is now the norm.

Is it any wonder, though? You can’t log into Facebook or open your e-mail without being bombarded by sad stories of families in need, babies dying, or homes burning. It’s easier to ignore it. Those who don’t, those who choose to feel, are often thought to be crazy.

When our individual autonomy is brought into question, by ourselves or others, our instinct is to bristle and call the others obsessed or ignorant. We need this cynical submission to numb the pain of our own unrealized hopes.

Imagine, though, if we applied that cynicism to all areas of our life. Rather than encouraging little Billy to try to hit the ball just one more time, we tell him to lay down the bat, he’ll never go pro. Or when our toddler runs up to us after a day away, rather than swoop her up in a hug, we step back and suspect her of wanting something more from us than just our love.

We have to take chances on people, to believe in them and motivate them, lest we crumble as an entire society. If we continue to turn in and look only at our screens, the physical world will gray and decompose.

Being an adult is brutal, especially if you’re an adult born of the Millennial generation.

You’re caught between those who recall life before “the Facebook” and those who think you’re old because you’re not sure just how SnapChat works, but you’re pretty sure you want to avoid any risk of d*** pics. It’s exhausting trying to balance it all, to keep up without crashing.

We have to, though.

We must carry on and set a better example for our children. We must be involved, not just from our computer screens, but actually, physically, involved. March in a protest. Attend a political rally. Volunteer one weekend a month with your children. ANYTHING that gets you out that door and involved in molding our world.

As Howard Thurman once said: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Come alive, dear reader. And do it today.


Amber is owner of ThriftyGuardian.com, a website dedicated to helping people spend their time and money wisely. She also works as a financial coach and offers one-on-one time management classes. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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9 Replies to “Come Alive, Dear Reader – An Important Message”

  1. some years ago I ”entered” into a helping group ( a group of 10-12 ladies are visiting families in need, to help the children to not abandon the school and we offered donations but not money just clothes, sacs, school tools, the wished gifts for Christmas, scholar bus paid, information and social help guidance etc etc). It it wonderful the moment when a girl from a analphabet family was admitted to university with scholarship, another one to decide to continue the school and to be a teacher to help the other children in need.
    Then I get and bigger involved in these cases at the limit of humanity. Yep, even I am in Europe, there are poor families, and worse: they don’t know their rights and their chances.
    This effort it is not for any person. I had some nightmares. I had moments when the other people around me commented: why are you taking care about the others?. But I knew the most happiness for me is not a new restaurant or a new cloth but a schoolbag prepared for a child that otherwise will abandon at 12-14 years … and yes, I can live better will less food ( and less weight :D) and in same time to feed another person .

    I am not encouraging to donate money but to donate an advice, a smile, or time, or an unused item : clothes/food/shoes/dishes. Because there where is cold and snow, first reason to abandon the school is the luck of the shoes.

    1. Your comment is so inspiring – thank you for adding it to the conversation. I love that you state that it is better for you to live on less and at the same time feed another person. Especially when it means keeping them in school – which is so important. Thank you for sharing this and commenting!

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