Saturday, February 26, 2011

Giving

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. 
Always remember, you have within you
the strength, the patience, and the passion
 to reach for the stars to change the world.

What a perfect quote.  I actually came across this quote on my daily calendar today and loved it because I believe each one of us has the power to change the world.  You know the world can always use more goodness.  And after this week there is something I experienced, that would be great to experience more of in this world.

People who simply give from their heart, their soul unconditionally, asking nothing in return, with no expectations. They just do when it is needed.  There are many people like that already, but there are many who are not.

And what I'm referring to is just doing something for someone out of the kindness of ones heart.  Where no  conditions, deals, bribery's, or whatever have to be made to get someone to do something.  Where no expectations, or return favors, are placed on doing something than just to do it because the help is needed.
Because over the last week I realized how important that can be in ones life.  What a difference it can make to know there are people one can count on to help out when one can't do it themselves.

Like for instance I had a doctors appointment that I wasn't suppose to be driving to.  Well I didn't want to burden my man or family from missing work so I just planned to drive myself.  Well unbeknownst to me my mother had her own plan, that was to take a half day to make sure someone not only drove me but was there for support during the dr's appointment. (and little did I know how very much I was going to need the help) 

And even more amazing she took the time to help me run errands.  I didn't ask her she just did it from the kindness of her heart.  And wow how moments like those really stand out in life.  They make you realize just how much it matters to have someone like that in your life.  Someone you don't have to ask, but just knows the right thing to do.  Gratitude overflowed from my heart that day. 

And when I think about it, that is the way we were raised.  My family always just helped whomever seemed to need it.  They always gave and taught us to give in whatever way we could with no expectations or conditions placed on it.  That is the way both my parents are, they will snow plough a neighbors drive way, they would bring dinner to someone sick, they would offer to help out anyone who needed it with absolutely no expectations in return.  And so maybe it is something we learn from those around us?  But can it be learned as we get older?
It doesn't have to be anything huge either, it can be simple things like doing someones laundry when they can't, lending a hand, giving a ride, or just simple listening when another needs a shoulder to lean on....it is about just giving help, support, time, attention, whatever to someone else who needs it without waiting to be asked.

And that is what got me thinking wouldn't it be nice if the world was a placed filled with more people who just give, who just do, with no strings attached and no asking involved....where the giving comes purely from their heart. 

People who others can count on to just be there unconditionally, no questions asked, nothing expected, no expectations, or sore feelings, etc..  Think about it.  How many people do you know like that?  I wish more people, no I wish everyone in life had people like that in their lives, or could be people like that.  How do we make people see that giving is so much better than receiving.  That life isn't about what you get, but what you give.

Maybe I have spent too much time on the couch this week.  But I just think we can make this world into anything we want it to be. And today I dream of a world of giving, of unselfish acts, of giving love, making time, of just being there for people no questions asked....you know what I mean?
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