Adding Value

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa

I read an article yesterday which spoke of a man who wakes up each day and asks, “How can I create more value in this world and how do I give to people?”

This question inspired me to ask, “Do I give freely?  Where do I add value in the choices I make each day”?

“Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” – Steve Maraboli

To do something awesome, something great, we need inspiration. We need more than a calling, more than prayers, we need to take action.

It doesn’t have to be a huge gesture either.  Start by giving freely in the moment. Not saving up your good stuff until a time in the future when it will be needed, but giving it all right now and that can sometimes make you feel uncomfortable.

For example, giving when you don’t have a huge amount of money or having someone to dinner even when you feel you only have enough for your own family.  When we freely give, no matter what our circumstances, we are honoured and abundance arrives freely to us.

“I must be willing to give whatever it takes to do good to others. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is no true love in me, and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me.” – Mother Teresa

Be generous when given the opportunity.  Focus on giving people dignity, respect and the chance to speak up.   When you accept and love someone, even when you do not approve of their choices in life, this is giving.  When we live from our heart and not from a place of judgement, you will find many ways to connect and give.

Be apart of the community, not apart from it.   See the bigger picture for others and be compassionate to those who have had a different journey to yours.  Be interested in all people and patient with those who have not yet understood the truth.

“Give freely to the world these gifts of love and compassion. Do not concern yourself with how much you receive in return, just know in your heart it will be returned.”  – Steve Maraboli

So today, look at giving differently.  Sometimes a smile, or a hug or a kind gesture can change someone’s belief in who they are.  We won’t always know the impact we have on others and we may not get a medal of honour for our giving, but what you will receive is a kind and generous heart that will grow and allow abundance and love to come to you.

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

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