The phone rings and we see it is a solicitation. Our mind instantly starts to think; Don’t they know this is dinner hour! Why do they call the house phone? Why do I still HAVE a house phone? Each month we can count on someone wanting a donation to a charity. And with each request we can become more anxious. I have a solution! As we age we start to recognize friends or family that have either a specific disease or special charity to which they like to give. Make this easy on yourself. Pick one particular interest and give to that one. If you don’t identify with just one, then think outside your circle of friends and pick one that speaks to you. Maybe you have an interest in Muscular Dystrophy. Maybe you know someone who is autistic. You will be energized, and you will get creative. Whether it’s an annual black tie gala, a 5K run, or a 100 mile bike trek, you can participate at any level comfortable for you. Let’s get outside ourselves and give to something. You will be amazed and how good this feels. Make it contagious. Others will want to join your circle.