Gratitude is such a fantastic attitude. It is so good to know someone who is genuinely thankful. After all, life contains so much to be thankful for - the ability to read this blog, for instance. Think about everything that goes into this simple act: sight, learning, the Internet, money, light, an electronic device, hands, eyes, a brain, and the list hopefully goes on and on.
But one thing we seldom think to be grateful for is giving. Giving is infrequently found on the list of things for which to be thankful. But should we not be so tremendously grateful for the opportunity to give? You may say, “What, pray tell, shall I be thankful for in giving away a thing I possess?” To which we might respond, “Everything.” The list would go something like this:
- The fact that you had something to give.
- The impact that your gift made on someone else or even the world.
- The exponential impact as that one person impacted by your gift goes on to benefit others.
- Your life being a little freer of encumbrance.
- The balanced priority that your giving has brought to your life.
- The fact that your life is no longer measured solely on what you made but also includes what you gave.
- That you are no longer alone but that you have someone whose life is touched by you.
- The opportunity to join a community of people who, like you, understand the benefits of sharing.
- That your possession is no longer just stuff but now is a tool you can use to reach out, to change the world you live in.
- That your small act of giving is available to grow into a treasure that is too much to contain.
Giving indeed adds to our lives in ways we simply cannot measure. To be thankful for giving should be just as natural as being thankful for receiving. And that is the whole thing right there. At Mite, we believe it is Better to Give than receive. Be thankful for the better part!