Giving Is An Art

Illustration of a red heart in a person's hand.

Giving is an art.  The more we practice it, the more proficient and generous we become.  By looking for ways to give to each other, we perfect our opportunities to share and also enhance the goodness that we are providing.  Just as in any art form, it takes both patience and practice as we learn the process.  We view the works of the Masters, try our hand at creating something genuine and meaningful, and improve our technique over time.  Whether it is painting, candle making, woodworking, quilting, or sculpting, it all takes practice.  Likewise with Giving.

In order to give thoughtfully and with consideration, we must educate ourselves on the process.  Questions such as, Where can I do the most good?, How can I help from a distance?, What is the best cause to support?, Who can I trust to spend my donation wisely?, and When is the best time to donate?, are all worthy questions that should be thought out in advance of giving. 

Below, I have listed some quotations about giving that may serve as thought starters.  If any of these quotations resonate with you, memorize them, and when the thought of giving occurs recite the quotation and see if it aligns with your desire to give of yourself, your possessions, your finances, your skills, and most importantly yourself.  If it does, make the generous gift right then and there, and I promise you that you will glow and be warmed inside and out from your support.

Be Your Very Best Always,

Judy Williamson

Quotes about Giving

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
–Mahatma Gandhi

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
–Albert Einstein

Thousands of candles can be lighten from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared.
–Buddha

No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
–Aesop

For it is in giving that we receive.
–Francis of Assisi

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
–Charles Dickens

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
–Mother Teresa

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.
–Robert Louis Stevenson

You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
–Kahlil Gibran

We make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give.
–Winston S. Churchill

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.
–Disraeli

One thing is certain:  When we set out to give ourselves fully and freely, our hearts make direct connection with that great central source of light and power, God, the giver of all good things.
–David Dunn

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