In the sphere of material things giving means being rich. Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much. The hoarder who is anxiously worried about losing something is, psychologically speaking, the poor, impoverished man, regardless of how much he has. – Erich Fromm; The Art of Loving
The day of the “go-getter” has been supplanted by the “go-giver”. – Napoleon Hill; Think and Grow Rich
You can achieve everything you want in this life if you will only help others achieve everything they want. – Zig Ziglar
Life is a game of give and take. Or is it?
Maybe, in order to be successful and live in love for our fellow humans, life is really meant to be a game of give and give and give and give some more. If you have the mindset of a giver eventually someone will give you something back. It is in the act of giving not in taking that we receive.
As Erich Fromm accurately states above, love is found in the act of giving. Success gurus like Napoleon Hill and Zig Ziglar go on to state that it is in the act of giving that great things can be achieved. Don’t get me wrong, your motivation should ever be for achievement but it is not a coincidence either that the most successful people are also great givers.
I state in the Meekonomist Manifesto first and foremost that a Meekonomist pays his bills on time. That is a form of giving. As Paul states in his letter to the first church in Rome;
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. [Romans 13:8]
In other words, give what you rightly owe and then give some more.
So as we start a new week, and a new month let’s stop and think about what we can give of ourselves and then give more than that…