Good causes have been coming out of the woodwork, of late. Our friend LadyB, an amazing woman and herbalist, has been fighting cancer and assorted complications, without insurance, of course, and without income to pay for basic needs. Author L.A. Banks is struggling with cancer as well, sudden and severe, with inadequate insurance (there's a benefit auction going on right now for her - http://www.labanksauction.org/ for more details). The Anima Lifeways & Herbal School is raising money to get water pumps and such to try to save itself from the ravages of Wallow Fire, which has devoured over 800 square miles so far, and is not yet contained. Planned Parenthood and NPR are under attack. There's online fiction magazines that need support to help pay writers. Like I said, no shortage.
Went to see the Decemberists last week, and found that Jenny Conlee, their keyboardist, was not with them on this tour as she battled breast cancer. There was a booth with buttons for $5 donations for breast cancer research.
Drinks were $7.
So, got me thinking. It's easy to spend money on vice. Less so on giving money away, whatever the cause. But doing them both at the same time?
So, there's the challenge: pick a vice. Drink? Smoke? Alternative smokes? Other? Doesn't matter. Pick one (or more). Pick a percentage. 10%. 25%. 50%. More. Less. Whatever you can commit to. Then, for every dollar spent on your vice, put the percentage you've committed to in a jar. Cash, so you can't (ahem) put it off and forget.
And then, at the end of the month, every month, give it away.