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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
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