For it is in giving that we receive. ~Francis of Assisi
There are some moments as a parent when my heart fills with pride as I witness my children developing into such amazing little people. This week, my little girl gave me one of those moments. She’s in preschool this year, and it’s so fun to watch her mind blossoming with all that she’s learned already. She comes home telling me about her day and what they learned, who she played with, and can’t wait to show me what she created.
Lately, she’s been so excited to give me her art saying, “Mommy, you can take this to work and show all your friends how much I love you.” As you can imagine, I just eat it up. The other night, she took it even one step further.
We were sitting down to dinner, and out of nowhere she said, “Mom, I really need to make a picture for my teacher, I think it should be her birthday tomorrow.”
“Oh! Ok sure!” I said, “Is it actually her birthday tomorrow sweetie?”
She simply replied, “It is now!”
After we finished eating, she eagerly ran to her room, grabbed a coloring book and markers and began to work meticulously on the picture. She was so careful to stay in the lines and was very selective on which colors she used. The whole time she kept saying how excited she was about giving it to Ms. Jolyn.
It took her almost 30 minutes to finish, and I kept telling her it was bath time, but she had “just one more color” to add. At last, she was done, and placed her masterpiece in her folder with pride as she anticipated Ms. Jolyn’s reaction when she saw it the next day.
The part of this whole thing that I felt was worth sharing is how much joy she took in the simple act of giving. She gave genuinely; with no hidden agendas. She did it just to make her teacher happy.
Her little heart is such an important reminder for all of us. Giving; for the sole purpose of wanting to bring joy to another, is such a powerful thing. I would even argue that it does just as much, if not more, for the giver as the recipient.
Sometimes, in our busy, chaotic, lives, we forget the value of the connections we have with each other. We forget how good it feels to serve one another. We forget to be generous with our hearts. We forget how good it feels when we make someone smile.
So today, I challenge you to give to another for no other reason than to just give. Whether it be something tangible, your time, your ear to a friend who needs someone to listen, your expertise, or just a helping hand… just give. I guarantee you’ll leave that situation with some of the best tasting, most nutritious, and most satisfying soul food around!
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