in 1 EASY Step – Contribution
It ‘s nice to step back and take an honest and full look at the idea of gifts and contribution in a different way. I know that there is one thing I can do – always, always – that makes me feel good.
Do you ever wonder why you are not satisfied?
Is there something in your life that feels like a big gaping hole that needs to be filled?
The Need to Give
A contribution is the one sure way to feel worthwhile and purposeful.
In addition to that, by giving of ourselves selflessly and sincerely, we improve every single relationship in our lives and achieve abundance that we can not even fathom.
It is hard to conceive of giving as a selfless act, because, regardless of what your intentions are, you always, always receive more back than what you gave. It could be a lesson, a better relationship, social acknowledgment or just the great feeling you get by doing the right thing. This is where you have to separate out the intention from the expectation. The thing is, when you do something with an expectation of return or reward, you are very seldom pleased. If you do something with no expectation of the act being a reciprocal arrangement, you will never be disappointed. It removes the idea that we think we deserve something in return and opens us up to unlimited abundance in everything.
The Size of the Gift
My friend Michele reminded me that we often think of contribution as being some grand gesture at huge expense and that is where we get it wrong. Subtle acts of kindness can make a tremendous impact on the life of another and the world.
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Ideas for Giving
The list below gives some ideas of ways we can give to others without an expectation of reciprocation and grandiose gestures.
- Spend time with an elderly relative and let them tell stories over and over again and act like it is the first time you are hearing them.
- Smile and acknowledge everyone you see.
- Tell someone thank you.
- Tell someone you are sorry.
- Listen to someone who is lonely or angry or frustrated and let it all be about them.
- Give your spouse a hug.
- Let your spouse do something that they enjoy- that a
- Look for the good in others and tell them about it.
- Help someone out with their work who looks overwhelmed.
- nnoys you, without complaining.
- Ask your child how their day went…and listen carefully.
- Forgive someone.
- Pray for someone who has not been very kind to you.
- Let someone vent and don’t tell them what to do.
- Give up your favorite meal and let someone else in your family pick theirs.
- Call someone who is lonely.
Please share your ideas for selfless giving here! We would love to hear new ideas and stories of contribution.
I have my hands full with the food changes and stress relief. I am going to commit to making gradual changes to the list of 5 above. I will make more of a committed effort next year. I believe that it is a mistake to take on more than what we can reasonably handle.
Now that a vegan/raw lifestyle is comfortable and natural, my main goal is to eliminate stress. I will continue to add one new recipe a week to my cache and learn from all my new sources. My main focus will be to relieve stress with the following:
- Pinpoint the things that cause stress in my life
bydaily journaling and then going back and highlighting anything stressful in my day.
- Continuing daily exercise of 30-60 minutes of HIIT cardio and 45 min. 3 times a week strength training.
- Praying and spending a minimum of 30 minutes daily quietly with God.
- Practicing biofeedback and other
stress reducingactivities. (I am signed up for 10 yoga sessions, we will see how that goes).
- 30 minutes minimum daily learning, reading and growing spiritually.
- Very limited political news.
- Very limited television.
- 1/2 hour daily reading and talking time with my granddaughter.
- 2 rounds of golf a week with my husband.
- Nightly walk with my husband after dinner.
- Community contribution and involvement through my church and other fitness organization.
- Steps to reduce stress in my business by eliminating stressful associations and relying more on trusted and reliable people.
- Eliminating superfluous household items, furniture, people in my life.
I know that I have a lot on my list.