Why not add ‘giving back’ to your ‘to-do’ list?
Most of us are constantly chasing after goals and ambitious results, in a rush to complete the endless ‘to-do’ list. We don’t even get a chance to look around and pay attention to the things happening right in front of our noses. Does the granny crossing the street need help, how is it for single moms juggling between children and work obligations, what is hiding behind the sad look our co-worker had for days? In the daily bustle, we forget the most important thing – that love can be spread by giving back.
The need to be connected with others is why we reach for social networks, and they essentially do not provide that. Solidarity, compassion, and understanding are the values lost in a rush, and they are the ones actually giving us a real sense of closeness. To nurture these values, we often do not need money, instead, we need to be there, mindful of the world around us, and to have a bit of time. We can buy things and experiences with money, but what nourishes our soul and makes us feel close and connected to others is giving back and doing things together.
When I launched the campaign for raising funds for renovating a school in Tanzania, I did not feel like I will accomplish everything I planned. It seemed magical and big, but I decided to try anyway. These 300 donations from around the world made such a shift in my head. I understood that there are good people, and that it can be felt and recognized when you do something from your heart, and that we are stronger together.
Even though I know I cannot help everyone, the feeling of fullness, inner satisfaction and purpose fill my heart whenever I give even a small part of what I have to others.
That is why it was a great joy for me to join this year’s campaign “Season of Giving”! As someone for whom the time spent in preschool was an important part of growing up, I was very distressed when I heard that every other child in Serbia does not have access to preschool. I am sad to think that a large number of children in Serbia will not have the opportunity to play, learn, grow and develop together with their peers. That is why participating in this campaign means so much to me because my small contribution can help change that.
Preschool nurtures the child in us – the one we should keep nurturing when we grow up.
Even today, when I think of preschool, I become overwhelmed by nice memories. The clanging of metal plates, the taste of some red tea, and the scent so specific to the “Lane” preschool. In addition to remembering this period as a creative and carefree one, I also remember new experiences that were important for my development. Communicating with children, sharing toys, respecting authority, building a world outside our family as a very important step for the future development of the child.
We are active creators of both our lives and the lives of our children. That is why it is important to participate in creating our future. That is why you should take a daily break from the daily rush and click on fundraise.novakdjokovicfoundation.org. Together we can reach the goal – to have every child in Serbia a chance to go to preschool!
About the author: Dijana Kocic is has a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Sciences, she is a world traveler, a volunteer, travel Blogger, and a girl who is not afraid to follow her dreams. As a volunteer in Tanzania, she held English lessons for children and also organized a successful fundraiser for renovating and equipping of one of their classrooms.