Regardless of the time of year, we would all do well to focus more on being helpers in the world. Helping isn't limited to a particular religious orientation, age, gender, or what not. It's something that we're all capable of doing, all of the time. It doesn't require a lot of money. It doesn't require fancy material possessions to pass along to others. It only requires an open mind to see people who need assistance, and to try to figure out ways to meet them there. Sometimes helping might be as simple as a kind word. Other times it might mean thinking outside of the box to figure out how to help someone from Point A to Point B. It could also entail matchmaking and connecting those most able to help with the people who need it most. Helping can be hospitality. Helping can be listening. Helping can be a hug, a smile, or hand to hold.
The great part of thinking about helping/almsgiving during Lent is the mindfulness of it all. A long time ago, a truthy claim emerged that it only takes 21 days to form a habit. In reality, how long habit-forming takes varies by person, and can be anywhere from a few weeks to almost a year or more. Lent is 40 days. Maybe long enough to form a habit for some, not enough for others, but still 40 solid days to make a dent in the your mindless moving throughout the world. Think back to the goodness multiplier... if there are a bunch of people out there trying to do 40 days of helping, the good they put forth will multiply and collectively we'll be riding high on a much higher wave of good vibrations. 40x. 40 times. 40(good) = Mind blown.