Sharing is caring…

“What we choose to share, defines who we are.”

Costas Voyatzis

What is it that you give away freely to others? What do you guard with jealousy? Are you even aware of the things that you choose to share versus those that you don’t?

Perhaps a better question is; “what do others need from you that you could share with them?”

We have all received a multitude of gifts in our lives. Do we hoard those gifts or do we seek to enhance the world around us, and the people in our lives, by sharing those gifts freely and without any strings attached? Can we give without expecting something in return?

If we aren’t careful, we can live our lives on autopilot. The danger here is that by our very nature humans are wired to be selfish. To live a life of sharing takes intentional effort and focus.

Try this, make a list of things that you could do TODAY to enhance or improve the lives of the people around you. Pick just one thing from your list and then do it. It can be as simple as taking the time to share your gratitude for something someone else did for you. But be very specific and intentional in sharing your time, energy and gifts. If you do this every day imagine how different your world, and much more importantly, the world of others, could be in one year.

Sharing of ourselves is a privilege and a responsibility that we are all imbued with from the time we become self aware. If we choose not to share and give, we are sending a strong message to everyone in our lives that we value ourselves more than we value them. Is that how you want to live?

Love somebody…

“Carry out a random act of kindness with no expectation of reward.”

Princess Diana

Fear, doubt and worry are all ultimately rooted in self. What is going to happen to me? How will I manage if something bad happens? Granted, you might be worried about others and what the implications are for them, but the center of the worry is a focus on self.

Instead of devoting energy today to things that are outside of your control, instead focus on finding someone else to love. Give a part of yourself away. It can be as simple as a smile to another person to another person on the street, paying for the meal of the person in the drive-thru line behind you, picking up groceries for a neighbor that isn’t able to leave their home, etc.

The point is to intentionally and purposefully find ways to give a tiny piece of yourself away. Look for ways to do good. Seek opportunities to serve. Focus on what you can do for someone else. Not because of what you are going to get in return, but because we all share the same human condition of being slaves to self. Follow the principle Paul spoke of in his letter to the church of Corinth.

‘Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. ‘

2 Corinthians 9:7-8

Break those bond of slavery to self through fear, doubt and worry and seek to sow the seeds of love in your actions today.

Living for others…

“Don’t just count your blessings. Be the blessing other people count on.”

Anonymous

I had the amazing opportunity this past weekend to spend a couple days in Cuba and see a part of the world that is so different than the one that I live and work in each and every day. In a word it was INCREDIBLE, and not just because of the beauty and uniqueness of the place. What made it particularly impactful was the pride, friendliness and and authenticity of the people that we met.

Everyone we encountered wanted to share themselves and their country. I left so impressed with the people and our experiences. I left wanting to go again and do more for others who, while not having so many of the the things that we (and I) take for granted, lived life with great joy and pride. Cuba wasn’t just a county with really cool old cars, incredible architecture and landscapes. It was a country of people who have the same hopes, dreams, and desires that each of us have for our lives.

It really is amazing, when you see others who have a smile on their face, even when they have nothing compared to all the luxuries that we take for granted, it really puts things into perspective. We are so blessed. We have so many gifts and treasures that we can’t possibly count them all. I was reflecting on our trip during the flight home and I was thinking about the many blessings that I have been given in life. I realized how much more powerful it is to focus on being a blessing to another person instead of simply accounting for all that we have been given. Living your life as a blessing to and for others, not simply as an accountant for all the blessings we have received. That is truly living…

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