We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
Winston S. Churchill
The true Art in Giving is to give from the heart without any expectation of a return.
True giving comes from the same place inside you as your deepest happiness. They are inexplicably intertwined.
A gift is something that is enjoyed twice. First by the giver who revels in the pleasure of giving something special and then also enjoyed by the person who receives the gift.
A very special form of giving takes the form of small, personal acts of kindness. Very often it is not money or belongings that people need, it’s the things that can’t be seen, such as advice reassurance, a kind word, compliments or a smile.
The act of giving doesn’t have to be limited to an exchange of presents at Christmas time or Birthdays. You can treat every person you come in contact with as someone who you can give a gift to.
You may be a bit skeptical, wondering what exactly do you have to give? Everybody has something of value for another person. It could be a kind word, a simple smile, some appreciation, the sharing of some special knowledge, even a helping hand or a bit of support during a difficult emotional time.
With most things in this world, there is only a limited amount of what you can give away. Fortunately, generosity and kindness are not bound to these same material limitations. One of life’s most basic laws is that every single act of love, kindness and generosity will multiply and return to you many times over. The more you give the happier you will feel.
Life is like a river of energy, continually flowing. What happens when a river stops moving? It gets very muddy and stagnant. A fast-flowing river is full of life and clear water.
The act of giving and receiving is a continuous process of circulation that continues the flow of life’s energies. For one person to receive someone else has to give. It’s a cycle of energy that flows continually onwards.
Now pause for a moment as you read this, and take a big, deep breath. Hold the breath for as long as you possibly can. As you hold it inside, notice how uncomfortable you begin to feel when you are holding on to something that is meant to be released.
Inversely, breathe out completely and hold your breath with your lungs fully emptied and refuse to take in another breath. Feel how uncomfortable you feel when you are resisting taking in something that you need.
True giving, without expectation of anything in return, is as effortless as breathing.
How often do you expect back from the person you gave something to a gift of a similar or greater value? Is this true giving or merely an unvoiced expectation of an exchange of similar goods?
GIVE IT A THOUGHT!!!
Bible References: 2 Corinthians. 9:7, Proverbs 18:16
- Do you consider giving a necessary part of our lives? Why?
- What is the greatest gift you’ve given to someone?
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