Today’s spiritual tip – Give, Give, Give
Self focus can be a huge block to a spiritual life. My once-mentor suggested a great way to get out of my cheap little self; give. In fact, whenever I presented a new challenge in my life, she’d make the same suggestion; give, give, and give.
Give what? My financial situation did not lend itself to lavish presents, and how would I know what people want, need or like? I could go broke! Monetary items however, were not the only gifts available, I soon learned. Also, gifts are meant to be given with no strings attached, expecting nothing in return.
In my quest to give with no strings, I sought opportunities for anonymous gifts. It used to be a fun practice to pull up at a toll booth on the expressway, and pay for the next car or two behind me. A dollar used to go far back then; you could hand the worker a dollar for you and the next three cars! But today, there’s no need to even slow down, as my handy-dandy transponder clicks a buck or more from my credit card for my car alone, with no human interaction whatsoever.
Anonymous giving is fun. One year I decided to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas at work. On the first day of Christmas, my secret Santa gave to me … I left a small gift on the chair of one of my co-workers. By the 3rd day, they were all looking to see who the next recipient was! Of course, everyone was trying to figure out who was doing this, so one day I even gave myself a gift to throw them off! They were very small things – a coffee cup with candy, a tree ornament, or a fancy bar of soap. It cost very little for a wonderful spiritual
Another year, I offered services to those on my gift list; coupons for babysitting, cleaning, a car wash, walk the dog, a week of prayers … the list was limited only by my imagination. People seemed genuinly grateful too!
My challenge for you is to find a way every day to give at least once, without getting caught. Here are a few methods to get you started:
- Don’t take the closest parking space to the store – save it for the person who’s driving in behind you. (Double bonus; you get a little exercise!)
- Wipe the counter down in the rest room, so the next person doesn’t get a wet tummy from leaning on a drippy sink!
- When on the interstate, allow room for the merging traffic to come in, instead of closing the hole.
I bet you can think of many more. Please share them with me and I’ll be happy to post your comments and pass them along to others. You see, one person at a time, we can change the world.