Sometimes its nice to just put politics aside for a minute, a hour, forever? Politics seems to be a huge part of our day-to-day life, and we are influenced by it’s many topics including but not limited to:
- The president / white house
- Congress and the courts
- Culture in America (and beyond)
- Military and Defense
- Energy and the Environment (or lack there of)
- and many, many more…
The story that I came across that inspired this post, was on CNBC, and the headline was Americans gave $390 billion to charity last year.
The interesting part of the story, was that the number had increased since the previous year, prior to all of the political and economic “drama”, for lack of a better term.
American charitable giving in 2016 jumped nearly 3 percent from 2015 to $390 billion.
Giving from individuals alone amounted to $282 billion, with the rest coming from estates, foundations and corporations.
The 50 largest gifts totaled $5.6 billion last year.
CNBC article Americans gave $390 billion to charity last year
These stats as well as the rest of the article, which I highly encourage you to read in its entirety, describes a new America, that truly does show that we care about one another. I know personally myself that I attempted to shield myself, both emotionally and financially from anything that could be affected by the outcome of the last election. What I had in fact missed and by a long shot at that, was the ability to continue to move forward no matter what was going on around me at the time.
This as well as numerous other techniques from the book have given me the ability to see things for what they truly are: constant bombardment on our outter self and the self that we project to the world. This outer shell of sorts allows us to take damage from the outside, similar to a kevlar vest, but does not protect us from the inner body itself. It is within this inner body and self that we can find true liberation and liberty from the outside world, which at times is really F’d up (lack of better explanation).
Signed, Rick Jeffries