Good morning. No snow today, the sun is shining, and while it’s still cold, -1 C or 25 F, it,s beginning to look like spring. I’m enjoying the A to Z challenge this year. It’s allowing me to interact with more people than ever and that a wonderful opportunity.
Today, I’ve chosen to have the concept of giving as my G word.
I’m not talking about expensive presents, I’m talking about the giving of yourself. There are many different was we can give, and most of them cost us nothing. For example, you can give a compliment to someone when you see them. Most people like to be told they look good, and that takes only seconds to brighten someones day by complimenting them.
You can give praise to someone for doing something right.Sadly, people are quick to condemn and denounce. Children in particular need to be given praise for their efforts as well as accomplishments. If no one praise their trying, they’ll quit before ever achieving their goal. People are great at celebrating the victories, but it’s important to give praise for the effort it took to finish the race even if they didn’t win.
Another form of giving that costs nothing is giving of your time, not grudgingly as in “I could be doing this instead,” but wholeheartedly. Yes, this kind of giving isn’t always fun, but I believe what goes around comes around. If you give of yourself, you’ll get as much in return. Like to bake? Why not share your pleasure by giving cookies to your neighbor? Bringing a box of baked goods to seniors and sharing them with them, can be a wonderful experience.
The last thing you can give is love. With love comes trust and understanding. You have to be willing to give love to receive it. This is the aspect of giving that can hurt, since unrequited love is painful, but you have to be willing to try, so take a chance and give your love freely. After all, what have you got to lose.
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