If there is one thing I can say about my travelling, it is that it gives me so much perspective. Most of us in the US have an amazing life, one for which, I am grateful each and every day. And everyone here can shoulder a small amount of responsibility to make the world a better place.
There are so many ways to make even the smallest difference. DH and I are 'giving' the boys a goat for Christmas through Oxfam, because we feel it is important for them to remember that in this season of coveted electronics and other expensive gifts, something as simple as a goat will really make a difference to a family in an impoverished nation.
So...how can you help? Have a little fun and challenge yourself at FreeRice . It will take you back to your SAT prep days, LOL! The premise? For each vocabulary word you get right, there are 20 grains of rice sent to a needy area by the UN. All of it is paid for by the advertising on the site, which I don't even really see when I'm on there! (Shh, don't tell the companies that advertise there!)
My challenge to you is to go, and in this season of giving, take 10 minutes and donate some rice. For those of you with older kids, ask them to give it a whirl, too. Wally and the Beav go there regularly, and while most of the words are still a little beyond them, they still get a good feeling about making a difference - no matter how small.