Giving also benefits the giver
By Larry Brown
The strange phenomena associated with true and uncoerced giving is that the more you give, it seems that the more you receive! As the recipient of your generosity thanks you for being so kind and thoughtful, you, no doubt, feel really good as you observe the expression on their face and think about the good your gift will accomplish in their life.
The key to reciprocal joy is that the gift be a genuine humble and honest expression of your concern for another individual. The size, nor amount, nor ornateness of the gift is not what matters the most.
I am often reminded of the poem of the little shepherd boy who said “What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I’d give him a lamb. If I were a wise man, I’d do my part. Yet, what can I give him? I’ll give him my heart!!”
Thoughtful and sincere giving allows the “law of reciprocity” to make its full swing just like a boomerang.
A gentleman was in the checkout lane at a neighborhood grocery store, one gusty, windy winter’s day, when the lady in front of him, surrounded by three small children, attempted to complete her shopping. After she gave the cashier all her coupons and money, she was still several dollars short, so the gentleman finished paying the balance of $2.75. The lady was thankful and left the store rejoicing.
The man also felt good that he had the change to spare and was able to help the lady and her children. As he hummed a tune on the way back to his car, holding his hat on his head to keep the wind from blowing it away, he noticed a piece of paper stuck on his windshield, a $50 bill that the wind had blown from somewhere!
Often, we have a tendency to resort to embracing thoughts of self- pity, when we start comparing our station and circumstances in life to those of others who may appear to be doing much better than we apparently seem to be. However, we never know their full circumstances and in fact, we may actually be better off.
However, when these feelings start creeping in, just take a moment to reflect and it won’t take much more than a moment to visualize others in the world who are far less fortunate than you might be. Sometimes, when you ponder on these things in this manner, a feeling of joy and thankfulness will well up inside you, perhaps almost causing tears of joyful thanksgiving to flow from deep within.
So, this coming year, let us be found giving more and I guarantee you that the more you give, the more you will receive.
Larry Brown is Chairman of the Board and co-founder of Worknet, Inc., which has a national ten year contract with the Social Security Administration to find jobs for people with disabilities who are interested and qualified to enter the traditional workforce. He is also co-founder and president of Grace Chapel Ministries, former president of National Cable Training Centers, and president of Woodstock Industrial Products Group.