Give more attention than you demand. Give more love than you crave. It’s in the giving we receive.
There are a few universal truths that, if you will accept, embrace, and employ them, your life will be easier. This is one of them: When you give, you receive!
Do you have a giver’s heart? Your world will expand with opportunities for growth on all levels as you genuinely seek to give to and improve the world around you.
It seems every time I go to serve at one of our local homeless shelters, I go there with the idea of ministering to those less fortunate than I am and to be a blessing to them. The odd thing is, it seems every time I leave there, I feel like I was the one who was ministered to and received a blessing. In the process of giving to others, the very process itself nurtured something deep in my soul and made me more whole.
If you are a farmer or gardener, you already know this foundational truth. The more you nurture your plants, the more fruit or harvest they will produce. I think all of us know, or know of, some crazy old lady who talks to her rose bushes while watering and pruning them every day. Yet, that same crazy old lady always has the best looking rose bushes in the neighborhood. You see, she’s not “crazy” after all. She genuinely cares for those bushes and they reward her and her neighborhood with beauty.
As you pay more attention to the people around you by being honestly interested in their lives and attentively listening to them when they talk to you, they will reward you by giving the same back to you. As you genuinely love and care for others, they will be more loving in return.
Let me be up front with you, though, it’s not a formulaic system that works with all people all the time. There are people in this world who are not of the same mindset and will only take what you give and demand more. Wherever possible, prune those people from your life. It will also not work if you try to manipulate the system. If you are giving in order to manipulate people into giving back to you, you are often going to be disappointed.
Regardless of what other people do, adopt the mindset of giving, nurturing and adding value to the lives of those around you. The results, though often not immediate or what you might expect, will eventually come as you develop your giving skills. Be that “crazy” old lady who talks to, waters, fertilizes, and prunes the people and situations in your life. You will, in time, be rewarded with a beautiful life.
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