5 Powerful Lessons About Giving
1. The Most Meaningful Gifts Are Not Physical
The most meaningful gifts we can give don’t cost a cent. The list is endless: Time is a luxury these days – giving your children or loved one undivided attention. A phone call to a friend in a challenging situation. A hug to someone who looks like they need it. An email to an old friend to say you are thinking of them. A visit to an elderly relative. Making dinner for your family. Doing the carpool even though it’s not your turn. A listening ear to someone who needs to let off steam. A hug to someone who looks like they need it. A sincere word of thanks to a hard-working colleague.
2. No matter how limited you are, you always have something to give
Scarcity or abundance is an outlook, not a reality. When we feel we don’t have enough, we focus on what we are lacking and feel stingy and afraid. When we realize how blessed we are and how much we have to offer the world, we begin feeling grateful and valuable.
3. How We Choose To View Ourselves Influences Our Lives
Seeing ourselves as lacking generates self-preservation mode. We hold onto whatever we can – time, energy, money, emotional investment. We don’t trust that there is enough and live in fear of being depleted. But choosing to see ourselves as conduits of God’s infinite kindness, we can realize that there is abundance of resources and we don’t have to be stingy. This leads to generosity and an ability to give without fear of lacking. And in turn, we become more connected with the people around us.
4. Be A Gracious Receiver
It’s easy to feel bad when people are kind to us. We don’t feel worthy of receiving love. But when people do things for us or give us gifts, they want us to be happy. So be gracious. Put aside your inadequacy and believe that you are worthy of receiving love. Receiving graciously is a big gift in itself that brings joy to the giver.
5. Giving To Yourself Is Crucial
Conscious giving means being discerning as to when you need to give to yourself. Your body is the vehicle God gives you to express your soul’s potential, so be kind to it. Ensuring you have a good night’s sleep, a healthy meal and making time to exercise is just as important as giving to other people. Emotionally, one also needs to nurture oneself. Giving yourself acknowledgement, encouragement and forgiveness is the starting point for giving to others. Your soul also needs to be nurtured; it needs learning, relationships and inspiration to keep moving forward. These things are not selfish but are what enable ones to give outwardly in the future.