I have been fortunate in life
I am not a rich person, in terms of monetary wealth, but I am comfortable after my career. I was not raised with a "silver spoon" in my mouth. I have an old china pattern, some inherited silverware, and a garden I call my own.
But, I think it is important, whatever your circumstances, to "give back" to your community. I do what I can, when I can, at home. Little things, like baking some bread or making a lasagna for the local churches when they help feed the homeless and poor. It is not much, but these days, every little bit helps.
I don't see it as "charity." I think of it as "paying it forward," because the day will come when I am old and infirmed and in need of similar kindnesses. It's just part of being human. "Human" and "humane" have the same root.
To that end, with my new-found community here, I would like to help where I can. I gifted a gold membership to a friend so s/he could work on tactics and improve her/his game. This person has been very kind and accepting of me, so I am just returning the favor.
We have folks here who live isolated existences. Sometimes they just need to talk. And I'm a good listener. For others, just a friendly, unrated game does wonders - who cares who wins? Right?
(Photo from onlinechess.net)
This game brings people together. I said earlier that my goals here are to come away with a few new friends. The chess is almost secondary (though it is feeding old, dormant competitive instincts!).
I remember how good I felt when I got wiped off the board in my first game back by Aaron - 16 moves! - because I had found a new friend.
We humans are naturally social animals. We generally enjoy one another's company. I enjoy all yours.
If I am "rich," it comes from the wealth of camaraderie I feel. When trolls lit into me, I had some defenders. I found that amazing, because so many of my battles in life have been fought alone. To that end, I plan to help in those ways I can, here. I am open to ideas.
Thanks <3 <3 <3