I think we all know it’s good to do the right things, like being helpful and generous. I credit my mum and dad with being my early role models for being helpful, polite ‘good citizens’. I remember mum insisting that we’d be hosting several foster kids during the summer holidays, and how much I felt that I would have preferred to have had my family all to myself during those endless summer days.
And then once the kids did arrive, and we got to know them; our friendships grew and my heart always expanded. So much so, that whenever it was time for those kids to go back to London to their foster-families, there were always tears all-round as my sisters and I didn’t want our new friends to leave.
And what my parents showed me in the ways they lived their lives was emphasized many years later when I discovered The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder (thanks to Hazel Balderston and Roger Anderson). What a game-changer for me in understanding contribution.
Catherine taught me the magical and multi-dimensional aspect of giving back. The learnings I found in those pages (and re-found again recently during a re-read) also echo something one of my mentors says ‘we cannot out-give God – we cannot out-give the universe.’
If you’re not sure what to make of that, then check out that book; it’s worth exploring for yourself.
The bottom line is when we expand how we think about giving and receiving, and about contributing to this world of which we’re all part, then giving back isn’t just woo -woo. It becomes something far greater. 1
So, what about you; what’s your experience of giving back? I love to hear from you, and this week’s no exception.
Keep sharing your sunshine til I see you on this week’s #AliveWithFi
1 Giving is a fundamental element of the way I choose to live. I believe it’s accurate to say that “true wealth is not acquired through earthly possessions, but by leading a fulfilling life. There is nothing more fulfilling than knowing you have made a palpable difference in the lives of other people.”
“The Science of Generosity: Why Giving Makes You So Happy”
- Haltiwanger (2014)
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner, with over 27 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified Osteopath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador.