The Cheerful Giver

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa

Dennis the Menace and his friend are given some chocolate chip cookies by Mrs. Wilson. They are eating and enjoying the cookies, when Dennis asks his friend, “Why does she give us cookies? She knows how bad we are.” His friend answered, “Mrs. Wilson gives us cookies not because of who we are, but because of who she is.”

This very cute story, reminds us of unconditional giving.  We all deserve unconditional love and giving, but often we give with the condition that insists on acknowledgement and this can easily become a pattern in our life.

Giving without conditions is difficult at times, and I have been guilty of expecting a reply or acknowledgement for my gestures and then get caught wondering why didn’t they or why this or why that, and this waste of energy has helped me to become conscious of my motives behind giving.

Giving freely from our heart, true generosity expects nothing in return, and the joy is in the giving itself.

Giving is a beautiful part of our life and when we learn to do it freely without conditions, we begin to see the reward that comes naturally to us without asking or expecting. We were all born deserving and we are here on this journey to help each other heal.

 “I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”

― Kahlil Gibran

12 thoughts on “The Cheerful Giver

  1. As val said, a lovely reminder… “we are here on this journey to help each other heal.” what a beautiful purpose! Thank you Karen 🙂

    1. It is the only purpose in life, I think Frederic! Lucky we have such beautiful people around to share that purpose.

  2. Karen sometimes I go a little overboard with presents. I like the idea that a certain person may not be expecting a gift and I can brighten there day. It has happened to me and it really does make you feel good. That unexpected gift. To know that people care. Happy day to you.

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