Do you live your life with a perspective of scarcity (I never have enough) or with a perspective of abundance (I have more than enough)?
It only takes less than 5 minutes of being online, listening to the radio, watching TV, or reading a magazine to quickly realize that you are “missing out” on life. You need a new everything! You absolutely must upgrade today! We hear this message 24/7, but it will be even more intense over the next 6 weeks.
It takes a very deliberate effort to think otherwise.
And it is worth the effort!
I will go out on a limb and say that most of us exaggerate our needs. We spend a lot of time looking at others who have more than we do and then spend even more time figuring out how to get it. As a result, we set ourselves up for discouragement, discontentment, and depression.
Maybe it’s time for a fresh perspective—a perspective of abundance.
That requires a dose of honesty.
That requires a willingness to differentiate between needs and wants.
That requires looking at your corner of the world in a new way.
Let’s start by asking the question:
“What can I give away today?”
The first thing we can give away every day is stuff!
Almost everyone I talk to is willing to admit that they have too much stuff in their home. They may not want to do anything about it, but it is pretty hard to ignore the reality of overcrowded closets, overstuffed drawers, and overflowing counters—which results in a rather overwhelming living environment. Have you ever counted the number of cars parked on a typical street in front of homes that have garages?
I challenge you to walk through your home today and look for the following items. Put them in a bag or box and deliver them to your favorite charity. Make sure they are still in good condition; if not, put them in the trash.
- Unused items
- Unwanted items
- Unnecessary items
Another thing we can give away every day is time!
Everyone gets an equal portion of 24 hours per day or 168 hours per week. Each person makes numerous decisions all day long about how to use that time. Your mix of responsibilities and obligations is probably different than mine. That’s OK. Somewhere in those 24 hours, each person can decide to give away some of that time for the benefit of others. It may be 15 minutes, 1 hour, or the entire evening. The amount of time doesn’t matter. The decision to share this precious commodity does matter…sometimes way more than we even imagine.
I challenge you to look at your daily calendar and deliberately choose to give away some time. It will probably be different every day. Consider how you can:
- Show up and help.
- Call up and listen.
- Write down and send.
- Slow down and notice.
- Look around and pick up.
- Do someone else’s chore.
- Let someone go ahead of you.
- Take time to express appreciation.
- Volunteer before you are asked.
- Do something delightfully unexpected.
And finally, every day we can give away kindness!
Have you noticed how harsh and rude our society is today? Have you ever seen a retail clerk or restaurant serve almost in tears because of an irate customer? Even when everything is wrong, it is always right to speak with kindness. That may not be the easiest thing to do in some circumstances. But even Thumper knew that “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all!”
I just bought a journal at the dollar store with the saying:
“Spread kindness around like confetti!”
What an amazing difference that would make! You can give away kindness to:
- Your family
- Your coworkers
Make kindness your signature style!
When you don’t know what to do, show kindness!
When you don’t know what to say, show kindness!
What will you give away today?