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Why It Is Important in Life to Give As Much As You Take


Let me ask you a few questions:  do you have a person or group of people in your life that you go to for positivity and support?  Are there people that you know without a doubt that you can depend on for an encouraging word and a listening ear no matter what–whether by phone, in-person, or otherwise?  Now let me ask you another question:

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Do you always offer the same support to others in return?

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There are so many people who love and expect to receive words and actions of kindness from others during their times of need, yet rarely ever do the same for someone else.  Someone mentions their troubles to them, and their thoughts are, “it’s not my problem” or “get over it”.  Some even disregard what the person has shared with them and immediately launch into a rant of their own problems, expecting the other person’s empathy.  The opportunity to help another is missed because the person was too busy focusing on helping themselves.

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Think about it for a moment: we all have had a moment when we operated in this fashion during a conversation with someone who could have really used some positive energy from us, not recognizing it until well after the conversation was over.  Reflect on all of your interactions last month:

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How many times did you offer a hug to someone that you could visibly see was troubled?

How many times did you say the words “I love you” to someone outside of your usual circle?

How often was someone talking to you about their problems and you eventually tuned out?

When did someone share an idea or a goal with you, only for you to dismiss it or talk it down?

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If you want the gifts of love, faith, peace, hope and belief to come to you, you must be able and willing to give them to others far more than you receive them for yourself.  If the only things that you are offering out into the atmosphere are sarcasm, negativity, a deaf ear and a blind eye, then you cannot possibly expect anything more to be reciprocated when you have a time of need.  The seeds that you plant among your family, friends, acquaintances, partner, children, coworkers—and even strangers determine the emotional harvest that will be received back to you.  In other words, remember that you reap what you sow.

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As you enter this new month, be sure to make a commitment to give more positive energy to others than you receive from them.  Believe me:  when you do, you will see it come back to you ten-fold.

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Makeba Giles is an Inspiration, Culture, Lifestyle, and Family Blogger. She is also a Midwest Mother of four, and the Founder and Creative Director of MELISASource.com. | EMAIL: melisasource@yahoo.com

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