September 3     

Today's quotation:

Chances for heroic giving are rare, yet every day there are opportunities to give a part of yourself to someone who needs it.  It may be no more than a kind word or a letter written at the right time.  The important thing about any gift is the amount of yourself you put into it.

Arline Boucher and John Tehan

Today's Meditation:

Sometimes it's easy to think that our little effort isn't worth much.  We think that giving someone a dollar because they didn't bring enough money with them doesn't have a lot of value, whereas loaning them $500 would be much more valuable because then we're making a BIG difference.  The truth is, though, that a small gift of a dollar can have a great deal of value to someone, and is a reflection of kindness and generosity and even compassion.

I try to remember that most people need something almost all the time, even if they don't realize that they need it.  At times I need a hug or a pat on the back or a kind word, but I wouldn't be able to tell you just what I need at the moment.  If I receive any of those things, though, I also receive the message "I care for you," and that's one of the most important messages that anyone can give or receive.

What can you give today to someone else who is in need?  Someone at work may simply need someone to ask "How are you?"  A child that you know may need a compliment or a word of encouragement instead of the criticism that she or he normally hears.  A friend who's now far away may have their day made much, much brighter by a note that just says "Hi!  I was just thinking of you and wondering how you are."

When we find ways to give that are personal and special, then we're giving of ourselves.  We're giving of our kindness and our compassion, and we're dedicating our time and our attention to figuring out what may be just the right thing to give.  I really like gifts that are material in nature, especially things that I need, but I truly love gifts that show that someone has spent some time thinking about me and what to give me, or that they're spontaneously offering their help because they see a need and they're simply trying to fill it.

Questions to consider:

What does it mean to you to "give of yourself"?

Why are most people more likely to give of material things than to give of themselves?

Which little chances for giving are you going to have today?  What will you do with those chances?

For further thought:

You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

Khalil Gibran

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