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Giving back to others…

How much are you currently giving back to others?

Giving back can take many forms.  Our time is our most valuable gift and the one prized by friends and family, yet here I’m concentrating on financial giving.  Charity if you will!

Financially, no amount is too small.  Often, we’re happy to part with a few dollars for a good (and tax-deductible) cause, but rarely do we give to the limit of our ability.  Or even to where it hurts… just a little.

Many of us prefer to wait until we are comfortable with our personal financial situation and when we feel we have enough, then think about being generous or charitable…

Generosity is seen by some to be an energy, it’s a definite decision. It has nothing to do with a number. It’s often a spontaneous gesture, a kind action that comes from the heart.  But can you plan to be more generous with giving?  We live in an incredibly lucky country when so many others suffer depredations to their livelihoods and liberty that we couldn’t possibly imagine.

It’s easy to drop a few hundred on an outfit for a ball, frocking up for the races or a meal and drinks out with friends, but the thought of handing over $100 when it’s not for ourselves takes on a completely different meaning!

A lot of times, we don’t think about being philanthropic or charitable until a loved one becomes unwell with a particular illness or requires a certain hospital or service; or we’re accosted on the street by Greenpeace or door-knocked by the Surf Lifesavers.

Be honest with yourself about how much you are giving today, as in right now.  Not tomorrow or some mystical time in the future when you feel you may be able to afford to be.  No-one becomes poor from being charitable.

Can you find a cause that ties in nicely with your business or personal values?  Many who support their local communities find their business and personal profiles also improve, the more they give back.  Sounds like a win-win to me!

Time to be a Receiver…

Most of us are familiar with the Biblical expression ‘There is more happiness in giving than receiving.’  And for the most part, that’s incredibly true.

Even Anne Frank chimed in that “No one has ever become poor from giving.”  And one of the biggest joys we have, is seeing the face of the receiver of our gift, light up.

But our minds can be wired to believe that we’re not worthy of receiving much.  Now and then, we want to ask for things, someone’s time or help and at the same time, feel that maybe we don’t deserve assistance.  This can energetically keep the help we desire away from us.

Have you noticed though that some things just seem to fall into certain people’s laps?  They manage to win things, get items for free, land that job they were after, get that pay rise and that things just seem to work out without too much effort.  Chances are, they’re good receivers.  They have a self worth that’s wired to feel that they deserve to receive and become good at it, whether it’s big or small.

Are you good at receiving?  How are you at receiving compliments?  If someone admires your outfit are you more likely to accept graciously or say ‘what, this old rag?’  Do you gladly receive unexpected gifts, invitations, upgrades when offered, financial windfalls or anything good that life has in store for you?  Is gratitude a daily practice for you?

Or do you demur and resist?  Deep down, do you feel a little unworthy?  You push back and feel an obligation to the giver, even just a little?

Learning to receive, say ‘Yes and Thank You’ is a gift in itself.  Then just be quiet.  There’s a lot of good out there, and chances are, some of it will head your way.    Learn to enjoy it and embrace it.

And along with being a fabulous giver, learn to be a good receiver too.