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If you're reading this, it's pretty likely that you have a roof over your head, plenty of food on your table, an education, and many other benefits of a modern life.
We know, even though we may not like to think about it, that others are not so blessed. Too many homeless are sleeping on the streets tonight, too many children are going to bed hungry, and too many people are without basic medical care or even clean water to drink. And, shamefully, that kind of deprivation exists in our own country, not just in some far away locale.
Minimalism isn't just about decluttering our homes and our calendars -- it's about realizing that we have enough, and that we can do some good with our excess. We can donate items we're not using, and we can be generous with our time or our money to help someone in our own town or halfway around the world.
The ability to be generous is one of the greatest gifts we have, and it should make us feel rich.
And when we give, the impact is greater than we might imagine. When someone is down on their luck, or has nowhere else to turn, your gift gives them hope. Your act of kindness gives them the feeling that they're not alone, that they have a future. It's the greatest minimalist gift of all.