“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
― Mother Teresa
There is so much kindness that can be found in the simplest act of giving something of yourself to others unconditionally. When the motivation behind that act is only to find joy in the act of giving, an abundance of joy can be a wonderful reward. There’s even a good chance that you gain as much, if not more, as what you give. So everyone wins!
Kindness is an element of life that can be rare to find sometimes in today’s world. When you are on the receiving end of kindness it is easy to be moved by such a positive experience, possibly even motivated to share your own kindnesses with those around you.
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Most certainly I find myself wanting to give back whatever I can when someone finds it in their heart to give anything of themselves to me. Even though it is not the intention of whoever is giving to attain anything other than the joy of what they are doing, I still want to do for them in some way. I’ll even make notes to do for that person in whatever way I can when the next chance is available. Doesn’t it feel good deep down to make someone happy that has helped you? Especially in a time even when perhaps you couldn’t help yourself.
Admittedly, this feeling can be attained by giving to anyone. When you give, you don’t only give whatever it is you are giving, but you also give positive loving energy that can light a spark in whoever you give it to. What’s even better is that you are giving that energy which you have in abundance and is replenished by the joy you receive from your act of kindness if you truly embrace your compassion.
“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”
― Amy Carmichael
Thinking of giving in terms of Karma, fate, or divine choice, whenever we do anything it is certainly a selfish act. Though, this is not necessarily a bad thing when our needs or wishes center around ideas such as love, compassion, and joy. Giving for the sake of the joy of giving is based on the idea that you feel good just by making others feel good. At the heart of receiving a gift is love, and with love as a foundation, the gift of giving is permeated with that loving energy. At the very least, that loving energy is equal to the joy felt in giving, if not receiving.
Those who receive such gifts may or may not be touched by them based on their understanding, past experiences, or where they are emotionally in their lives at the time. Though, love relates to us all. We are shaped as living souls by how much love is or is not in our lives. When you give to someone for the joy of giving, you are giving them love. Much like sunlight shining on a tree and giving it what it needs for life, you are offering to shine love into a person’s life when you give to them unconditionally.
“When in doubt as to what you should do, err on the side of ‘giving.”
― Tony Cleaver, A Chain of Flames
No matter how your gift of giving is received, you are still giving a gift that carries the essence of life even if in a small way. You still have that light within you. Whether someone chooses to accept it or not, you have simply offered a gift to that person. You receive the gift of joy no matter what and that, at its core, is love. So, if you are both giving and receiving love, then you are a joyful light to yourself as well as others.
I have found much joy in my life from both giving and receiving. Often when I find that I am feeling low or down, there are good people in my life that I either know or seemingly show up to offer me positive encouragement. I’m not saying this happens all the time. Sometimes all we have is our own intrinsic motivation. Though, whether we feel good or bad, it is almost always a welcome gift when what we are given is genuine, heartfelt, and given for the sake of joy rather than an advanced payment on a return expected down the road.
“The next time you want to withhold your help, or your love, or your support for another for whatever the reason, ask yourself a simple question: do the reasons you want to withhold it reflect more on them or on you? And which reasons do you want defining you forevermore?”
― Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
There is so much positive energy in the act of giving, whether we give time, material wealth, or even knowledge to others. You always have something to give and you can always give if nothing more than a kind word. The simple joys in life are as easy as giving a warm smile to someone as you pass them by in the street. It is not always easier to give than to refrain from giving. Though it is easier to do anything that you are in the habit of doing. If you choose to accept joy into your life, I highly recommend thinking about what you can give for the sake of the joy of giving as a way of obtaining joy in your life.
“The essence of life is not in the great victories and grand failures, but in the simple joys.”
― Jonathan Lockwood Huie