We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston Churchill
What do you do when you’re short of money and invited to a birthday party for the daughter of an important friend?
I suppose you could just zip over to a department store, select a gift, plunk down a credit card and tell yourself you will worry about it later. Or perhaps you might create some excuse and beg off.
Or! If you’re like my friend Almeta. You could give something of yourself. Almeta is an accomplished pianist and singer. She has performed in wonderful venues all over the world including the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Paris.
Unfortunately, as too-often happens with artists, she was between gigs and strapped for cash at the time she was invited to this party. Almeta is not one to hang her head and so she went to the party without an excuse and without a store-purchased gift. Instead, she stepped to the piano and played and sang a number for the birthday girl.
The birthday party attendees applauded; they were visibly touched by the heartfelt gesture.
It just so happened that in the audience that day was an official from a prestigious school in Paris. The woman enjoyed my friend’s performance so much she introduced herself and the two ladies had a lively conversation – which eventually resulted in Almeta becoming a visiting music instructor for the school!
Imagine if she had brought a wrapped box instead.
What can you share of yourself? What are your gifts? Perhaps if you bring something different to your next event, something that comes from within, the results will be different too. Of course, this is NOT a call to give in order to receive.
It’s about simply giving – without any expectations.
But, thankfully, the laws of human nature are such it does seem that when you positively give, you will eventually positively receive. Maybe not all the time and maybe not with a new job, but perhaps with a real heartfelt thank you and a warm smile.
And that is something too.
Until next time! Baci, tutti!
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