Yesterday was Give STL Day, a day set aside to contribute to the local charities that are doing so much to care for our community, the environment, and the animals we are stewards to. The St. Louis Community Foundation, which spearheaded the local effort, raised $2.1 million for 823 organizations in a 24-hour period.
I love that so many people and businesses embraced this event, and even more, I love that so many people are passionate enough about important causes here in St. Louis that they invest their time, money, and skills to make a difference. These organizations are the hearts and the hands of our society, and as much as they run on love and goodness, they also need financial contributions to keep doing the work they do. That’s why this day was so important.
But it doesn’t end there.
Just because Give STL Day is over doesn’t mean we can pat ourselves on the back and move on. As cliché as it sounds, giving back is something we should all do, not just on Give STL Day but every day of the year. Whether we give of our time, our money, or our skills, giving is not an obligation so much as it is an opportunity to connect with others and to make the world a better place.
It’s as simple — and as difficult — as shifting the way we look at the world from the minute we wake up until we close our eyes at night.
It really boils down to one question:
Is life happening to me, or is life happening for me?
St. Louis LASIK surgeon Dr. Jason P. Brinton, MD is an internationally recognized specialist in the field of refractive surgery, and he loves an eye healthy diet. He is a graduate of Harvard College, earned his medical doctorate from the Harvard Medical School, and is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has been inducted to America’s Top Ophthalmologists by the Consumer Research Council of America, Leading Physicians of the World by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals, and Top Doctors in America by Castle Connolly. In 2015, he received global recognition as the recipient of the Visian ICL Young Ophthalmologist Award in Barcelona, Spain, and in 2016 was named Ocular Surgery News’ Premier Surgeon 300 Innovators in Refractive Cataract Surgery. He is a dedicated husband, father of four beautiful children, and is passionate about his life, his work, and service to others.