Kindness, Poverty and Blog Action Day 2008

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.
-Barbara De Angelis

Today is Blog Action Day. For Blog Action Day 2008, nearly 10,000 bloggers have committed to writing on the topic of Poverty. [Update: The final count is 12,800 bloggers who had participated.] And, I am one of them.

Kindness In Rough Times

As many of us scale back our living standards and struggle to balance our increasingly constricted budgets in the face of economic uncertainties, the last thing on our minds is generosity and kindness. Yet, as our retirement savings diminish, holiday bonuses disappear and our jobs and homes become at risk, our lives are still showered with abundance in comparison to many others in the world.

Even when our financial future appears frightening (or perhaps especially when it does), the awareness of poverty and generous acts against poverty give rise to inspiration. They remind us of how fortunate we are, and show us just how much we have to give even when we feel as if we have very little.

5 Reasons To Take Action Against Poverty

  1. Kindness is inspiring.
  2. Through giving we become aware of the abundance in our own lives.
  3. When we make the world a better place, we have a better world in which to live.
  4. Through kindness and generosity, we become less preoccupied with our own problems.
  5. There is no action we can take that will offer as much meaning to our lives as giving of ourselves.

5 Ways To Take Action Against Poverty

  1. The most obvious thing you can do is to donate money to organizations who help the poor. You can also donate cloths, food and other items.
  2. Volunteering for organizations is a great way to give of yourself and experience the camaraderie of other kind, generous and inspired people. Doing volunteer work in impoverished areas is a life changing experience.
  3. Consider the impact of your day-to-day actions. For instance, buy products from companies with policies that do not exploit the poor.
  4. Talk about poverty with others: friends, co-workers, government representatives. Poverty is a topic most of us who are unaffected tend to forget about as we face the challenges of our day-to-day lives. The more we talk about it, the more likely we are to take action.
  5. Raise your awareness of poverty. You can start today by visiting the Blog Action Day website and reading what others are writing on this topic.

About the author


I am Danny Kohn, writer and designer for this site and owner, software engineer and consultant for Inspirations Software Design. My three greatest passions in life are sharing time with my family, software design and sharing inspiration with others. I have the incredible privilege of being able to spend a significant amount of time every day doing each of those three things. I am a single father of Tristen, our 6 year old son. It has been such an incredible joy to watch him grow up and learn so much. Everything he does and says overwhelms me with adoration. We have a wonderful evening ritual of reading books together in a beanbag chair. Nearly every night, we have a laughing attack together. I smile and giggle constantly in his presence and feel truly inspired.

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  1. Meg says:

    Nice post – really enjoyed your blog. Looking forward to coming back & reading more

  2. Simple Meditation says:

    Excellent content and style…keep up the good work!

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