Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
I came to understand that it was all right to do things for people as long as I did it for the sake of doing it… the value being more in the act than in the result.
— Joanna Field
We’ve all heard the sentiment that it is better to give than to receive. Yet we may find it difficult to give to others, whether that giving involves an actual gift or an act of giving of ourselves: caring for someone who is ill, running an errand for someone, giving a backrub, or extending an invitation to someone who is alone.
We may feel afraid to do for others without any expectations of receiving something in return. To give unselfishly exposes our feelings and shows we care. Yet if we can look beyond our fears to the selflessness of our giving actions, there is a great reward — knowing we had the courage to risk giving to someone.
The risks we take in giving to others are lessons for ourselves as well as for those whose lives we touch.
The gift of giving opens doors to the homes of our souls.
You are reading from the book:
Night Light by Amy E. Dean. © 1986, 1992 by Hazelden Foundation