What You’re Missing By Not Giving

There is a French saying that goes something like this:

“One who does not give does not know what she or he is losing.”

It took me a while to agree with this. The more you give the more you receive. How is that possible ? What can you give ? Well, the truth is that if you expect something in return it is never going to work. When you give it has to be selfless. Your actions should express your desire to be there for others, not yourself. Eventually you will see the good in your actions. Obviously we like to give and share with the people we love, our family and our friends. But how about giving to someone you dislike, someone who was mean to you or even a stranger ? Loving-kindness has no boundaries. This is what the Young Wisdom Project is trying to promote through its kindness missions. Giving a flower, a smile and a little bit of your time to people you don’t know is a different yet very rewarding experience.

You should give it a try. You have nothing to lose :).

~by Chris


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. T
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 13:52:58

    I was trying to picture me giving to people I didn’t like much. Not an easy thing to do. But there’s one thing that helped (thanks to a wise monk meditation training!), picturing gradual giving. To a good friend first, then to a good acquittance, then to a stranger, then to everyone else.

    For some reason, it helped me getting in a better mindset, and by the time I reached the disliked part, I realized that they didn’t exist anymore, that everyone was the same.

    So if you get stuck like me, try it out 😉


  2. Uyen/Nina/Jack
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 22:12:30

    I love what you are suggesting! Thanks for sharing this! A good reminder of what loving-kindness means and why it is my current spiritual goal! -U/N/J


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