Posts Tagged "Receive"

Couldn’t Forget His Dogs

“Today’s BrightSpot!”

Have you ever received a gift that was given with very little thought and emotion and it left you feeling empty? In contrast has someone given you something of little material value such as their time, attention or caring that touched you deeply filling your heart to overflowing?

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” 
Khalil GibranThe Prophet

When Jennifer noticed a homeless man with his dogs she could have turned away. Instead she asked “what can I give?” The cost was very small; the price of a soda. She might have offered any size but she purchased the largest one and then Couldn’t Forget His Dogs so went back for water.

Jennifer’s story touches me because it’s not what she offers but that she gives it with a full and loving heart. Her generosity of spirit is what counts and it’s that energy that resonates with the man and his dogs. The result is like a boomerang effect when his happiness bounces back to touch her with his gratitude.

During an especially difficult time in my life a met a stranger named Nancy who instantly became a very close friend. After a brief conversation about hitting hard times in our lives, she surprised me by sending a gift to my work place. It had arrived on my day off and when I saw it I was moved to tears. It was a book from her own library that she had lovingly wrapped in cellophane and tied with a ribbon and an artificial flower. Attached was a personal hand-written note. The book was called Broken Open and it was the perfect gift for the perfect time in my life.

Nancy’s gift cost very little, it was a book for me to borrow and return. The package and her card said it all. Here was a woman who really understood and cared. How could I be anything but touched, moved and inspired by such a lovely and loving gift. To this day we remain close friends and her gesture is one I will never forget. Something so simple reminds me that when I am stuck with wondering what to give and feeling a strain on my pocket book, I need to let go of the struggle and remember how something very simple that cost very little made such a huge difference for me. Nancy’s give to me is Priceless………

Some of the best things in life are free, or in this case cost very little and yet they make a tremendous difference when given as an act of love. Next time you offer something put your heart into it. Everyone knows and feels the difference when giving is an act of love rather than one of  obligation. Feel good about giving and others will feel fantastic about receiving anything you are offering them. In my experience, i’ts never the gift that matters most, it’s always the intention with which it is given.

“Share A BrightSpot Everyday!”

 

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Sharing Worked for Me

“Today’s BrightSpot!”

Ever feel like what you have to give is too little and won’t make any real difference?  Today’s the day to re-frame that thought. Why not give something small to someone else; food, a smile, a kind word.  Even if it feels unimportant to you it could be the highlight of their day!

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” Mother Teresa

He was working at a neighborhood fast food Subway restaurant, when Gurprince was surprised to be offered food by a homeless man. He talks about how Sharing Worked for Me, when he rejects the gift of the man’s watermelon but accepts the gesture as a way to generate his own willingness to share. The sandwich he offers is a gift well received as demonstrated by the huge smile on the man’s face. The feeling it evokes in his own heart is the unexpected gift he receives in return.

My friend Rob is a homeless man. From time to time he accepts a gift from me but most often he refuses. On the other hand, he is always offering me small thoughtful gifts. It’s not unusual to find newspaper clippings he thinks will intrigue me outside my door. Some days he shows up in his wheel chair with a box of fresh produce like cherries or grapes depending upon what’s in season. At first I refused his gifts, but then I couldn’t bare the look of total disappointment on his face.

The most amazing thing I’ve noticed about Rob is how ecstatic he is whenever I accept his gift. He smiles a huge toothless grin and thanks me profusely for receiving it. In the past few years, I’ve learned a lot from my homeless friend. At the top of my list is that giving and receiving are equally important. When I met him it was far easier for me to give and today I know how important it is to receive with appreciation and gratitude.

Whether it’s easier for you to give or to receive there’s a lesson for us all in finding balance. I know that sharing teaches me how to find that balance because one day I may be on the receiving end and the next be called upon to be the giver. In either case it’s all about touching each other with our humanity and expressing our gratitude for all the large and small gifts we are privileged to enjoy. So I ask myself daily, “Who did you make a difference for yesterday? Who might you make a difference for today?”

Never forget that what you have to offer may be just what someone else needs. So don’t hold back your impulse to give whatever you can and watch how it enriches their life as well as your own.

Share A BrightSpot Every Day!”

 

 

 

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