If you look up giving in the dictionary you are going to receive many definitions. If you ask philosophers, you will receive another answer and if you ask religious teachers, it will be different again. After 365give days of giving and now years of volunteering every day for 365give the answer to me is very simple.
Giving is love in action and love is the common thread that runs through every human being. The true spirit of giving is the true nature of human beings. Love.
“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” –Brian Tracy
Giving to others encompasses and uses all parts of ourselves including our head, our heart and hands to make a positive difference in our world.
The secret key to the true spirit of giving – no expectation of anything in return.
Giving runs through the human story since the beginning of time and now science tells us why. When we give we have a visceral response to our action. Our brains and bodies are naturally wired to feel of love, happiness, a sense of connection, life meaning and purpose. It increases our heart health, we live longer, our mental health is better, and stress lowered.
Is it magic, a coincidence or were we designed by ‘nature” to be giving for the simple reward of feeling good and increasing our health? Is the true spirit of giving actually the true spirit of each person?
Could a small act of giving be what we have been looking for to solve so many problems in our world? A way to fill ourselves up when we feel depleted, sad, and depressed? Could giving be our way out of a world that at time seems almost impossible to live in? The light at the end of a long tunnel of darkness? To feel the beautiful light, turned on from within and shine so bright that everyone around you will have to wear sunglasses to be in your presence.
I say let your true spirit shine bright. Let the true spirit of giving be your true spirit every day.
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