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  1. Carol

    I found myself today listing the gratitude gifts Ive been given these past weeks, and during a tough time. Astonishing, saying them aloud…
    deeply grateful, all are enabling living

    2 years ago
  2. Malag

    How have I not? From the gifts of nurture by my parents to the joy of my children doing something considerate for me. And everything in between.
    Edit. Saw this question as enriched by the giving from others. My giving also enriches. Surrounded by people I love that I helped guide through their life to date. That is the most enriching experience for me.

    2 years ago
  3. Dusty Su

    This question has brought out some beautiful answers. I feel blessed to be among so many lovely souls who value giving from the right place. Thank you, dear Gratitude-sters…

    2 years ago
  4. Dusty Su

    For 44 years I have lived by faith. No set income, but life lived by the boomerang principle. Whatever you put out, comes back. I do not give to get, but because I give I get what I need, as I need it. Miraculous. I can never out give this principle, it multiples over and over. I feel I never give enough.

    2 years ago
    1. Carol

      this I understand too, Dusty Su Carol

      2 years ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Wonderful, thanks Carol …insert big SMILE here…

        2 years ago
  5. Carol

    I was brought up to give, even now, 77, spending most of my time alone, I believe that the life of prayer is giving given by God for all creation

    2 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      Prayer is a beautiful way to give.

      2 years ago
  6. Melissa

    When I was a teacher I gave my young students so much love and interest in learning. Lots of plays, adventures, art projects, sports, poetry. So much and just seeing their happiness and smiles everyday was the best ever! Both of us students and teacher enriched with a full heart, mind and soul.

    2 years ago
  7. Don Jones

    Great question. We come into this world with nothing and leave with nothing. In between, we are given (Graciously) everything we need. What do I have to give? After sitting with this question, I can give you (my) time, attention and Love. Therefore, all of me. Yes, I am enriched by giving.

    2 years ago
  8. GregC

    Tutoring my ESL student.

    2 years ago
  9. Anna

    When my father was dying, many of my colleagues and friends supported me, each in their own way, and I was in awe of the creativity of love.
    Now, the gratitude I’ve felt has led me to support them or give them something I can. Everyone has his needs, his dark times. It is easy and also warms our heart to turn on a light for others, when we surrender to gratitude and love.

    2 years ago
  10. s
    sb

    I was brought up as a Catholic (and still am!). The basic premise of our life was to think of others before ourselves, to love, to serve…So I grew up watching my family give to others in every possible way. I saw how good this was not only for the recipient of the love, care, money, goods…..but for our family, so both from nature and nurture, I love to give. Of course, I don’t always spot what’s needed, I might be too tired or busy, I don’t always get it right, but when I can and do give, it is always worth it. I have fostered, and how much love this has brought me cannot be expressed; I teach, and I am sure I get more back from the children than I give to them. During our lockdowns, I have supported elderly relatives and neighbours and our enriched relationship is its own reward. Only today, one elderly neighbour who had a fall asked if I would walk the dog. Beautiful sunny day, sparkling sea, happy dog, birds singing…couldn’t have been nicer so my life today was definitely enriched.

    2 years ago
  11. Hot Sauce

    Honestly, sometimes, the giving is its own reward. When I give to the homeless or those in need, it makes me happy that I could help someone who is struggling. It’s not as big as changing the systems that put them in that position in the first place, but I at least know that I helped in some way.

    2 years ago
  12. Carol

    How have you been enriched by giving? This question brought me to thoughts about the give and take of our breath. Nature is truly our teacher when it comes to giving and receiving. We take in oxygen provided by trees, other plants, algae and some forms of bacteria and we release carbon dioxide that assists those trees, other plants, algae and some forms of bacteria in the process of photosynthesis. Our life depends on the oxygen they produce and there life depends on the carbon dioxide we and other mammals release. I often do a breath exercise recommended by Dr. Anthony Weil. You breathe in through your nose to the count of four and hold the breath inside to the count of seven and then release the breath through your mouth to the count of nine. Usually after three such breaths, I find myself yawning and relaxing. I can’t do this breath exercise without giving thanks for the oxygen I receive and finding joy in knowing that I’m giving back the carbon dioxide that Mother Nature so desperately needs. Each breath that we are privileged to take is a reminder that giving is enriching.

    2 years ago
  13. Mica

    “Let me count the ways” … Many! 💝🎁 🎁 …

    2 years ago
  14. Linda

    To know that I am helping someone is a great gift.

    2 years ago
  15. Cathie

    Always – Always, have I found that when we give – time, talent, or treasure – we have had unexpected returns or enrichment!
    *Inviting folks we don’t know to a holiday dinner wasn’t awkward but became a wonderful evening of sharing.
    *tutoring reading as a volunteer is amazingly gratifying
    * offering time and treasure to causes we believe in allows us to not only support those causes, but getting to know the folks is rewarding personally
    * when in a new city, volunteering my time has helped me meet new friends
    There is always some return or enrichment to self when one gives. You only need look.

    2 years ago
  16. kds618

    I give with the intention to make someone’s day special and meaningful. Giving is in my nature. Everyday I plan to do at least one act of kindness. Giving is a selfless act and honestly we need to see more of it especially now. I don’t ever give with the intention of getting anything back nor should anyone.

    2 years ago
  17. Toni

    In giving I have the opportunity of being of service or connecting to something that is deeper than my normal capacity to feel love towards someone or something. It’s a contribution, and action step. It enriches me by moving beyond my self limiting awareness.

    2 years ago
  18. Holly in Ohio

    When I give, I don’t have the intension of getting anything out of it, but it happens just the same. When I give, it reinforces my sense of abundance and gratefulness (I have more than I need, therefore I can give).

    When I gave my time to three new kids, I wasn’t thinking about what I could get out of it, I was just thinking of how I could be there for them. What I got in return was family, love, joy.

    When I give by teaching or physically giving items to neighbors, students, friends… I get community, and a larger family. Again, this isn’t my intention, but the movement of caring and help definitely makes for a better world.

    Some giving will come back and some won’t but it really doesn’t matter. Somewhere, somebody will be paying it forward elsewhere. In the past, people gave to me in a way I could not return at the time, but I treasure it, and it has had meaning in my life, and I am grateful to them.

    My brother used to hate Christmas. He had a lot of emotional baggage with it but particularly he hated the gift exchanging and materialism. One year, I suggested he think about it like the Pacific NW Indians… like a potlatch… a way of “redistributing wealth” and caring for the community. Rather than buying so much and giving so much to those who have plenty, or giving beyond our means to feel socially acceptable, you give more thoughtfully and purposefully. I also encouraged him to “throw out the rules” and find celebrations that he could look forward to, like an annual Christmas Eve walk. He now enjoys Christmas.

    2 years ago
    1. Michele

      Loved your brother story. Finding new celebrations is a great idea:)

      2 years ago
  19. SK

    The enrichment comes as a sense of peace and the knowing of how fortunate I’ve been in my life to be able to “pass it on” in financial ways, spiritual ways, friendship ways, mentoring ways. I think of all the people put onto my path to enrich my life over the years, that I am humbled to be able to do the same. I know others have had way more challenges than I’ve ever had to face, so, when I can help, I help.

    2 years ago
  20. Mike S

    Oddly enough the first thought that came to mind about giving and the experience of it I recall many times feeling a sense of humility. In the presence of those who are really in need and when I have something significant to offer, This situation remind me of the blessings in my life and how fortunate I am and with that comes a sense of humility. In a way there’s a joy in that experience.

    2 years ago
  21. DeVonna

    I reluctantly met my mother when I was 25. Her addiction and mental health issues landed me in foster care when I was about three months old (no one remembers exactly). My growing up years were a hell on earth that I barely survived. By the time she “found” me I was a grown woman with two toddlers of my own and I had little interest in further burdening myself with yet another complicated relationship. I tried for 2 yrs to carve out a place in my life for Mother. Years of drug use and extreme psychiatric treatments had left her paranoid, demanding and out of touch with reality. I finally cut off all contact with her, out of concern for my own mental well-being. When I learned years later that she had passed, I grieved. I grieved for the relationship that we never had and for the loss of her presence in the world. I wanted to somehow commemorate her life. I pondered and prayed and came up with an idea. I would donate to a micro-loan organization in her memory and gift another struggling mother in this world an opportunity to better herself and her family. It has been a extremly gratifying experience! I helped a young mother in Africa purchase a solar lantern as my first gift. Once she pays back the small loan, I gift it to another woman, and it goes on and on.

    2 years ago
    1. Michele

      How wonderful! What a great idea you came up with!

      2 years ago
    2. Dusty Su

      A beautiful, but painful, legacy of love. Such a wonderful path made out of one that could have left you embittered. Bless you.

      2 years ago
    3. Trish

      Thank You for sharing, DeVonna💜

      2 years ago
    4. Mica

      Oh, DeVonna, what a sad and wonderful story. I have an adopted nephew, Tim, who was a young adult in some situation – I forget the details – and he heard a woman in the next room say, ‘I had 2 children, Tim and Crystal.’ Tim ran over to introduce himself – he was a large and not particularly attractive looking person by this time. The woman shouted ‘No! No! You’re not my son!’ or something of the sort. Tim is 42ish now and a good guy, mentally limited but enthusiastically learning Russian.

      2 years ago
    5. Holly in Ohio

      That is lovely, DeVonna, and very inspiring!

      2 years ago
    6. Toni

      DeVonna, what a compassionate gift to the memory of your mother that heals on so many levels. Wow! Just reading about your generosity inspires me to forgive and move on past the shortcomings of my own upbringing and to be grateful for surviving the effects of trauma brought on by alcoholism, poverty, emotional abuse, violence and other emotional baggage. When sharing at an AA meeting an old timer came up to me and asked me if I forgave my grandfather for the abuse my grandmother and her children suffered under his influence. When I said yes he said, good because that was me and now we can be friends. I thought that was odd and now I understand having read your story. As a child of an adult child of an alcoholic I had my issues and forgiveness has not come easy. I also suffered substance abuse and all that comes with that. Mental issues as well. It all comes with the territory. I’m doing well now but had many grieves to bare. I’m still dealing with the aftermath of the consequences of my own experiences. In reading what you did for your mother and how you grew up it gives me hope that more healing is to come and love moves beyond the grave. I truly believe that. Thank you for sharing. I almost deleted this reply but I think it is good to relate and let go so I too can move on.

      2 years ago
    7. Mike S

      DeVonna, thank you for sharing about your mother. I am quite moved. 💕

      2 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        And thank you, too, Toni. That is quite a powerful sharing. You both inspire me to be less judgmental, and more compassionate.

        2 years ago
  22. C
    Clare

    I’ve felt been so isolated this past year that I made a conscious decision to be open for opportunities to interact with people. I’m an introvert so it’s a little scary. I look for ways I can serve. Maybe a compliment, helping someone reach something at the grocery store, just little things here and there but I have had so many meaningful connections that life doesn’t feel so lonely now.

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Well done, Clare! I admire you for challenging yourself to step out of your comfort zone. 🙂

      2 years ago
    2. Mike S

      Clare, many of us have felt similarly cut off. Loneliness and anxiety are common companions. It helps me to think of this time as if being on a long silent retreat where old wounds and persistent attachments can be healed. 🙏🏼

      2 years ago
      1. C
        Clare

        Thank you Mike for your kind response. It has been a blessing to have this time to reflect and work towards leading a more spiritual life that I crave.

        2 years ago
  23. devy

    I remember when I was working at a swimming pool as a very young adult. I was teaching swimming within a school board when my pool manager asked me if I would be interested in helping run an evening adapted aquatics problem for children. Never having experience working with physically and mentally challenged, I felt really uncomfortable,but accepted the offer. Within a few minutes of the first class, I jumped in. I continued taking an adapted aquatics instructors course which later led me to a career path working un the field of community and social services from which I retired from 10 years ago. I learned that sometimes when faced with fear and apprehension, one must force themselves to give themselves and get involved as by doing so can open up new attitudes and a new life path.

    2 years ago
  24. Antoinette

    Existence is an act of giving. Beingness is an act of giving- interbeing with everything and everyone is an act of giving. Love for Mother Earth is an act of giving.
    When I walk I do my best to remember that I am being held by Mother Earth and all the amazing parts of this wonderful mysterious life. My act of giving is to choose to respond with love, kindness, patience, understanding, compassion and joy. My act of giving fills me up with compassion and it’s a never ending relationship.
    🙏🌎🌻

    2 years ago
    1. Mike S

      Being held by mother, Earth what a lovely thought.🙏🏼

      2 years ago
  25. Trish

    I’m like the Grinch~my heart grows until I feel like I’ll burst. Giving of my time & attention is my all time favorite. It’s the gift for everyone and it’s exquisite⭐️

    2 years ago
  26. EJP

    Life is about giving…..it fills your heart and soul. It’s always better to give than to receive.

    2 years ago
  27. sunnypatti48317

    When you give, you get. Giving makes life richer. It offers up peace and joy, and perhaps some satisfaction of being a good human being!

    2 years ago
  28. O.Christina

    To consider how I would feel enriched really feels strange in a way, as Howie already mentioned. Giving freely always is a gift, which is giving joy to all concerned, including myself, and this of course is a blessing in itself. Only to be able to give is a blessing, no matter what it might be. Contributing and exchanging here for example is a gift of sorts, where the resulting widening of inner and outer perspective; the honesty of the participants is a huge contribution for unfolding. In this sense, enrichment by giving I feel is a treasure.

    2 years ago
  29. Howie Geib

    Such a strange question, or maybe I haven’t had enough coffee. If I am giving and being enriched then it is investing, not giving. It becomes strategic. I suppose I feel some pleasure in the ability to give as it is an act of generosity, and grateful to have enough to share. On reflecting on this I am aware that I operate from a position of abundance out of default, usually not based on the balance in my checkbook, but more on faith that I always get what I need. Also I have come to be suspicious of any tendency on my part to attachment, so letting things go, sharing and flow seem the right dynamic. But the system seems more a matter of physical dynamics than virtue. By making room I allow for energy to flow through. This seems to be the way my life works best. So in that sense, it is strategic I guess.

    2 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      I think it is like pouring perfume on another; you do not intend to receive from it, but you end up with the scent enriching your life.

      2 years ago
  30. Michele

    Giving makes you feel good. I enjoy it very much. April is Donate Life Month. Giving the gift of life is the ultimate gift that enriches many people. If you are already not a donor please consider…https://www.donatelife.net/ Happy Friday:)

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      I am, and so is everyone in my family. My sister was a nurse, and when she died she was able to give life to many people, and sight. It is a wonderful feeling knowing we could help others in their time of need.

      2 years ago

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