I wanted to share my experience today and how it has changed my perception of giving. It didn’t hurt that today was a beautiful day. Today, I made a conscious effort to be warm and open in a class that I really like, even though I bombed my last exam. Instead of the usual five minutes of playing with my phone before class began I decided to engage with my neighbour instead. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a huge stretch as we have become acquaintances and we usually sit together. I thought it would be nice to ask her what her plans for the weekend were and engage in conversation. What I didn’t expect was the change in my mood. From engaging with her she reciprocated and throughout the lecture we make jokes and even talked for a few minutes after class. What I am meaning is that by giving someone else my attention and interest I gained the same if not more from my neighbour than she did for me.
The same thing happened today while grabbing bags from the car for the thrift store. While I was running (seriously running) back to the store I saw an elderly man walking his dog. The dog leaped towards me with its tail wagging so I couldn’t help but ask the man if I could pet the cute fluff ball. While playing with the dog the man told me about his dog, asked me what I was doing, and even gave me a friendly wave bye after I told him to have a great day. This really made my day and I couldn’t be happier I stopped and took the time to meet a stranger.
I guess what I am trying to say is that we have so much to gain from giving to others. It truly brings happiness to you and the person who receives what you are offering. This doesn’t have to be a huge gift, I noticed the emotional benefits today and I was only giving my attention. I strongly believe giving back to your community in any way not only builds a strong and beautiful community but also allows you to feel connected and experience belonging.
I will leave you with a picture of the succulent I planted up today for one of my close friends 19th birthday. Have a great weekend!