In today’s uncertain times, many shy away from giving. They complain about lack of time and resources. They become busy working, commuting, and being caught in the activity trap. There is little time for exercise, relaxation, family, introspection, meditation or financial planning. Stress and dissatisfaction are widespread.
The conventional solution is to work hard, work fast and concentrate on self. Is that working? Not really! There exists lack of fulfillment, unhappiness, relationship challenges and negative energy. So what is the solution? Giving!
The more you give to your family; you will enjoy better relationships at home. The more you give to your colleagues, the better camaraderie you will have at work. This enhances your productivity and performance. The more you give to your customers, the better loyalty you will create leading to a better bottom line. The more you give to the community, the better environment you will create for you and your family to live in.
The more time you invest in others, the less time you need getting things done. In addition, when you give you tap into your creativity, innovation, and potential. Also, when you are gentle and give to others, you are also gentle with yourself. Thus the more you give, the more you have!
If you cannot give money, you can give love, hope, laughter, skills, wisdom, ideas, attention, and a listening ear. As Kahlil Gibran beautifully says, “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” The benefits of giving range from security, empowerment, and better relationships to good health, longer life, happiness.
The best time to give is today! Today is a new day, a fresh beginning! Practicing daily dose of giving to self and others rejuvenates you! Here are seven tips:
- Give gratitude every day.
- Shine your light and inspire others to shine their light.
- Be a loving human being and family member. Sometimes we forget the people closest to us.
- Give people the benefit of doubt – remember everyone is fighting a battle. Also, give every situation the best possible interpretation.
- Be a little bit better every day in every way.
- Marry your audacious goals with living in the moment! The direction is important, however, it is the execution in the moment that creates the results.
- Enjoy the ride – remember the destiny is in the journey!
Giving is a grace. It comes to people who are blessed. Givers are people who are kindled spiritually and understand the power of giving.
When you take the approach of gratitude for being given the opportunity to serve others, your service takes a new dimension which includes:
⁃ Living your purpose
⁃ Your focus shifts to making an impact not on getting credit
⁃ Focus on the recipient, not you
⁃ You practice “With malice towards none and charity for all”
In serving humanity and good causes, the return on investment (ROI) is priceless. Volunteers do not get paid because their work is priceless!