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             By Krystal Kuehn, MA, LPC, LLP, NCC 

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.  
~Bill Bradley

Opportunities to give and help others are everywhere.  If we just look around us, someone somewhere could use a kind word today.  Someone needs to know that they are loved.  Someone is struggling financially and there is something we can do to help if even a little.  Someone simply needs a hug.  Someone wants to be heard and given some time and attention.  

The following story is a great illustration of the value of giving, loving, sharing, and doing today.  

A rich man once asked a friend, Why am I criticized for being miserly? Everyone knows I will leave everything to charity when I die.  Well, said the friend, let me tell you about the pig and the cow.  The pig was lamenting to the cow one day about how unpopular he was.  

People are always talking about your gentleness and kindness, said the pig.  Sure you give milk and cream, but I give more.  I give bacon, ham, bristles.  They even pickle my feet!  Still, nobody likes me.  Whis is this? The cow thought a minute, then replied, Well, maybe it is because I give while I am still living.    –Sunshine Magazine

Following are several questions to help you reflect on your giving.

1. Would others describe you as a giver, taker, or miserly? Why?

2. When was the last time that you gave someone a gift, compliment, your time, or anything?  How did it make you feel?  

3. What was your attitude in giving?  Did you hope for or expect a particular response or reaction?

4. Do you feel people owe you something when you give to them?

5. Could you be more giving?  How?  What are you waiting for?

It might cost us time, money, stepping out of our comfort zone, or sacrificing our own needs, but the rewards of giving are priceless.  When we give, we reap the joy of seeing a bright smile, laughter, tears, joy, and gratitude.  Giving is one of the best ways to share our joy, love, and gratitude for life!

It is more blessed to give than to receive.  ~Acts 20:35

I encourage you to bless someone today, and that you would be blessed with the true joy of giving!    ~Krystal

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Krystal Kuehn, MA, LPC, LLP, NCC is a psychotherapist, author, teacher & musician. She is the cofounder of New Day Counseling, a family counseling, couples counseling, & child therapy center and, an award-winning, self-help and inspirational site where you can find hundreds of free resources, insights & inspiration.
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