Chapter 17: Learn to give
For it is giving that we receive.
—St. Francis of Assisi
Giving means ‘to transfer something to someone’. You must start the process of giving to start the process of receiving. A lot of people have this backwards and want to receive before they give. This error in philosophy needs to be changed if you want to receive the things you desire. There are many simple ways you can start to give part of yourself to someone else. You can give your time, your energy, your heart, your ears, and your knowledge to someone. You can give the marketplace a product or service that people want or need for free, or for a fee is also fine. You can give your time or money to a charity. You can give your knowledge and experience to people who need your advice. There are hundreds of ways you can give if you become creative. The law of reciprocity starts when someone gives; it doesn’t start when someone takes. Learn to become a giver if you want to open your life up to abundance.
Give without wanting anything back
There are two types of giving. The first is giving and expecting something back; the second is giving for the sake of giving, no strings attached and not expecting a return. We have all had an experience when someone gives us something knowing they expected something back, and we have all felt that experience of someone giving, no strings attached. You can feel the difference in the giving; it’s subtle but you usually can tell the difference. Try to become a person that gives freely what you can, when you can, and you will inadvertently attract the things you need in your life.
Life gives us everything we need
Have you ever thought of all the gifts life on earth has blessed us with to just exist? Life on earth for us humans could not exist without the sun freely giving daily sunlight and heat around the world, no charge. Take the land, the ocean, the air, the weather, the trees, the animals, the plants, everything that the earth provides that we humans take for granted. Did you ever stop and think about all the people who have come and gone before us? And how they shaped our culture? All the wealth, knowledge, and rich history that our ancestors left us. We seldom stop and think about the gifts we have been given.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
All these things revolve around giving. Giving is what makes life continue. Through giving life to your children to giving society yourself and the fruits you leave. What are you going to give? What is your legacy going to be? It won’t be what you took; it will be what you have given. Be clear about what gifts you can give the world, and start giving more than you can ever get back.
Exercise: What can you give?
- Giving starts the process of receiving.
- Learn to become a giver if you want to open your life up to abundance.
- Give without wanting anything back.
- Life gives you all the ingredients you need to live.
- Give your gift to the world.