My email and Facebook feed are filled this morning with “Giving Day” messages. This is apparently “Giving Tuesday,” according to whomever came up with it!
So naive am I, that upon seeing the first email with “Giving Tuesday” in the subject field, I fleetingly wondered, “Is someone giving me something today?”
We bloggers of spiritual leanings are an exceedingly underpaid lot. In fact, we are typically offered zero compensation for all the hours we spend pumping illumined ideas and inspiration into the collective, trying to send healing and self-empowerment into the world.
The same goes for spiritual editors: Zip remuneration for 95% of the labor that needs doing. On rare occasion, a lowball sum might be extended for hours of creative, thought-intensive work. It’s wearing, wearisome, and depleting to face this on and on, year after year, still.
“They are spiritual; they *want* to give, regardless of getting nothing back beyond their name in print. Yaye us for taking advantage of their gentle, purpose-driven nature to build our abundance!”
Apologies for the tone… I’m just feeling the old sting afresh today.
Earlier this morning I was excited to hear that my favorite media company is seeking “freelance” writers. I was instantly on it … until I read the small print to find they would claim all rights to all submissions (which had to be original works not published elsewhere) to exploit (< their word) however they saw fit for however long they wished, with NO financial exchange whatsoever for these content creators they seek.
Such is the way of the upside-down, backwards, inside-out world which, pray God, is in its final throes now. At least I dearly hope the throes we are in will result in an honorable world!
Here & now, I am pressed to reconsider what I’m doing in all directions, and how I must change things so that I can make ends meet. I don’t need a lot, but I DO need something. The one thing I can’t imagine changing tho is my soul’s purpose, which is sharing inspiring or consciousness-expanding information. However I can’t keep pouring nectar from a financially empty vessel, and sadly money is still integral to the life-on-earth equation. 2017 is my breakout year – as soon as details are secure, I’ll share about it here. Much work ahead to manifest what I have in mind.
Meanwhile, on this morning of “Giving Tuesday” I’m feeling moved enough by all the requests for donations coming my way to ask YOU, my readers, to send some love / acknowledgment to me in the form of a donation for this blog if doing so is within your means and your heart. Hard to ask, but there it is. My request sent out to the universe :)
For nine years Winging with Whitehawk has been offering a wealth of real gems for your journey. It is truly my nature and my delight to do this. Please click the link below and let me know you’re “with me” via a donation of any amount. It would be so VERY helpful and deeply appreciated.
And I venture to add: you will feel the blessing in doing so.
Here’s the magic link for sharing a wee bit of yourself with me – I thank you for hearing this in your heart, and responding.
Sending much love to you, Whitehawk