December was about charitable giving, for me. First, I made a large donation to a local charity that was working to buy Christmas presents for cancer survivors in DC, which resulted in directly buying Christmas gifts for seventy-five people. On top of this, for people I am directly connected to, I gave them two-hundred dollars towards their Christmas shopping. I bought an exceptional amount of goods from friends that are local merchants, to give them a Christmas boost in sales. I bought steak dinners for local managers of various establishments, and left large tips for the local servers, amounting to several thousand dollars of giving.
I rarely talk about any of this stuff, as what I’ve printed is only the proverbial tip of the iceberg, when it comes to what I’ve actually done in this country, in the last year, which has amounted to tens of thousands of dollars in gifts to other people and organizations. Already a few sad examples of humanity accused me of “patting myself on the back,” even though 95% of my charitable giving is done in private, with no credit given. I don’t know why people have such an adverse reaction to a person helping others, but it happens, and all I can say to those critics is, maybe you need to focus on yourself, rather than me, and direct your criticism there, instead.
All in all, I am completely satisfied with what I’ve done. My actions over the last month have inspired me to do even more, to begin focusing everything I have on helping others. I’ve had my fun in this country, I’ve lived a life filled with the kinds of luxuries that only rock stars could sympathize with, I’ve collected as much junk as I need for one life time, and find that I feel the most rewarded when I am helping others, rather than focusing on myself.
As a result, the world can judge me all it wants, people can lob their criticism, and all I can do is keep my head down and keep doing good deeds. I’m no hero, either, nor am I a saint. I’ve had plenty of times in my life, just like everyone else, where I have not been the best person I can be, but those past negativities do not preclude me from trying to be a good person, every day, trying to just be an example for people, trying to pay it forward for everything that has been done for me.
Next Christmas is going to be even better, because I am going to raise the bar to 25k in charitable giving. We the people who are fighting to spread goodwill are going to give thousands of people Christmas presents. Last year I had no warning before the cause was presented to me, so I was limited in what I could give, but this coming year is going to be amazing. I can’t wait.