“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
– Anne Frank
Our world too often opposes a giving spirit, and it’s far too easy for us to comply.
We neglect abundant needs at work, on the streets, and in our schools.
We deny ourselves the time required to be our best self, and we often deny the people around us the chance to truly know us.
We occupy ourselves with disapproval – of neighbors, coworkers, parents, or simply the state of society as a whole.
We withhold our love, our money, our time, and our support for a myriad of reasons, but they all boil down to refusal. A refusal to give freely of ourselves into a world that desperately needs givers.
What would happen if we began saying yes?
Yes, I have time I can spare for you. It may not be much, but it’s something.
Yes, you are important to me. I will give you undivided attention and unconditional love.
Yes, I’m worthy of good friends, and the first step is to show people my genuine self.
It would be a radical change in the world around us. Instead of people turned inward as they move through life, we’d have a community whose heart is opened outward. We’d be a people with our faces lifted to the sun.
How amazing would that be?
I chose this picture because to me it is the very essence of giving. Bear had nothing of worldly value at that time – no money or material gifts to offer – but she was full of love. Love she gave freely, and she was richer for it.
I think we can all learn a lesson from that.