Last week I discussed consumerism and our need to constantly buy, to have and often in multiples too. This week, I am gravitating towards the art of giving. Giving in the sense of our time, our assistance and our money in order to enhance or bless the lives of others.
The saying; “it is better to give than receive” rings true to me. As much as I like to receive, I also feel great pleasure in giving to others especially when in the form of a gift. I admit since having children, I have greatly reduced gift buying at Christmas for adults.
Anne Frank quoted:
“No-one has ever become poor by giving.”
We should not view giving as something being taken away from us but as something we are freely giving. When we give it makes us feel better as people and despite the challenges we face, it does us good to take the focus off of us and place it on another. One way or another we will always be dealing with our own issues so there is no perfect time in which to bless others. We can use excuses as to why we do not have the time or the finances but we prioritise what is important to us. When a thought comes into your mind about giving, entertain it rather than talk yourself out of it. Be willing to commit and hold yourself accountable too. No-one else may know of your intentions but you do.
Giving is highly underrated in today’s society where the focus leans towards obtaining as much as you possibly can. Where is the joy in that?
What are your views on giving?
What are your experiences of giving and what impact has it had on your life?