Posts Tagged ‘Giving’

Developing a sense of hopefulness helps us maintain a positive focus on the future.

Hopefulness has many facets. Three of the most important are: a sense of purpose, a devotion to service, and a sense of faith.

Today’s focus: Service.

Service: a positive focus on others. Making a positive difference in another person’s life offers a double blessing. When you give your time, love, and energy to others, they receive a gift… and so do you. Your gift is the pleasure and sheer joy that comes from being of service to someone else.

I’m delighted that our young people are growing up to be givers, to understand what it means and what  it takes to serve others—their family members, neighbors, as well as our sisters and brothers around the world.

Growing up, my mom and dad taught me and my sisters that wealth had nothing to do with possessions. True wealth meant valuing yourself and others. True wealth was understanding that we’re all part of the same blessed community and that our number one concern is caring for and helping one another. Serving takes the focus off ourselves and turn it others—towards helping, supporting, and nurturing someone else’s hopes and dreams.

Service is giving to others without expectation of reward. You just do it because it’s the right thing to do. You do it because it feels good. A few years ago, I was blessed to plant a few trees at a school in Kenya. I planted one in honor Maurice, a young student. Just the other day, he sent me an e-mail to let me know that “my” tree is growing well.  Made my day!

When you focus on others, you naturally concentrate on the future. How are you serving someone else today? How are you passing on your values to others?

Pass It On!


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The truly wealthy are those who give until it feels good.

Today… help someone without any expectation of reward.

Once a day, open a door for someone, or tell them they look fabulous.

Once a week, give up your latte and use those few dollars to buy a can or two of peas to donate to the food bank. Or volunteer at a shelter, school, or community center.

Once a month, collect your gently used books or clothing and donate them to the library, shelter, church, or mosque.

Whenever you see someone, smile. Smiles are free. Not only do they boost your own feel-good vibe, they multiply when you give them away!!! :o)  Your smile might be just the sip of water someone is thirsting for.

Remember the truly wealthy are those who give not dollars or euros or yens or pesos. The truly wealthy are those who give until it feels good.

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Here’s an inspiring new book, The Power of Giving, by Azim Jamal and Harvey McKinnon. Book reviewer Kolin Lymworth notes that the authors expand the definition of “giving” to include “…the giving of kindness, ideas, advice, attention, skills, time, hope, love, touch, and much more.” We can always something in ourselves to give, especially important in these trying times.




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