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Receiving and Giving

Day 2 Towards Fulfillment

In the list I made yesterday (I imagine yours too), there were things that I want to do, things I want to have, things that I want to be known for, and things that I want to share.

We are innately wired  to receive, sometimes with grace and other times in selfishness. most of us aren’t really great at receiving. We either take it for granted, don’t accept it as sincere or are blown away by the generousity. Our culture has convinced (or is trying to convince) us that we have a ‘right’ to stuff, either physical or emotional. But what if fulfillment started in not what we receive but in what we share?

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What if our lives are better, bigger, bolder and beautiful when we share our time, our money, our gifts, our love with those around us? In relationships we shouldn’t ask “why aren’t you doing those little things you used to do” but instead become the doer of all those little things. In community we shouldn’t be the one standing on the sidelines waiting for a neighbour to ask for assistance but rather we should be the guy who leans over the fence and says ” I’ve got a couple hours, can I help you with that?”.   With strangers we shouldn’t wait to receive a smile but … With servers we shouldn’t wait for their courtesy but rain courtesy on them. We can be the bringer of joy, assistance and value to almost everyone we meet.

The door to fulfillment opens a crack every time you are a giver without an expecttion of receiving.

 

Make Today Remarkably Giving,

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Ask and You Shall Receive

Well maybe not every time or for everything but not asking makes it nearly impossible.

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If you are troubled by  the way someone is making you feel or if their actions cause you anger, anxiety or angst – ask them to stop the behaviour. Let them know the impact of their actions.

If you are in need of assistance or advice, reach out to someone. A trusted friend, a family member, a colleague, a stranger is more likely to provide help if you share your burdens with them.

If you are suffering ask a professional. Reach out to your doctor and ask for a referral if necessary.

Ask for forgiveness even if you don’t believe you did anything wrong. Your words or actions or inactions always impact others.  Ask to be forgiven and forgive others easily.

Ask and be ready to be asked. Give even when you are limited in your abilities. Don’t wait for reciprocity. Don’t expect anything in return. Give because it is the right thing to do.

Make Today Remarkable, by asking 5 times,

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