November 26, 2012 Leave a comment
Giving can take on many forms. One may give another a material gift or else something intangible such as a compliment. Perhaps a person may give the gift of a smile or a pat on the back for a job well done. There are many who wish to give something back to a person or organization that has made an impact on their lives, and many who give without the knowledge that they are even doing so. Giving is a natural part of living and we all take part in it on some level.
With the holiday season upon us we begin to think of gifts to give to our loved ones. We try to capture their essence in the gifts we select and hope that the gifts will bring smiles to their faces. We feel joy when a gift we gave is well received and that in itself is a gift from the recipient. The giver and the recipient both feel happy because of the gift .
Every day people give each other compliments for many reasons. Perhaps a person is dressed nicely or maybe they did really well on a project. Compliments are yet another way to give. They put smiles on people’s faces which in turn are gifts to the person who gave the compliment. Even something so small as a smile or a pat on the back can be enough to turn a person’s day from dark to light; yet another way to give a gift.
For so many of us the need to give back to either a person or an organization is strong. At NEBA we are touched daily by our co-workers and those we support. We may choose to give back to them in any of the ways above mentioned. We feel the need to show them how much they mean to us and whatever our method of doing so we are giving them a gift. Likewise we might feel the need to give back to an organization which we feel deserves credit for what they do. We may choose to volunteer or make a donation to show our support. We acknowledge their positive presence within our community and support their mission.
Giving is a way to make not only the recipient happy, but also the giver. It can change a persons day and remind them that they are cared for. Giving is a true expression of gratitude and we all have something to be grateful for.