Yes this is true – you can give by giving. The ripple effect. This quote inspired me today:
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, become more, you are a leader” – John Quincy Adams.
Just by being ourselves, we are able to give. Even the simple act of a smile can cause a ripple effect. A contagious laugh, a warm heartfelt ‘hello’ to a homeless man outside the grocery store, listening – really listening – to a friend, or taking the time to send someone a short message just letting them know your’e thinking of them. All of these small things leave the other person feeling good. Wanting to help someone else feel the same. Just by doing, you’ve inspired. You’ve given even more because the good just keeps on giving.
Sometimes we are unaware of how inspiring we are – how much of a leader we really are. We are humble. We don’t allow ourselves to think such ‘arrogant’ and ‘conceited’ thoughts – so we think. Who me? A leader? Yes. If you are giving, if you are dreaming, creating, becoming – you are a leader. So keep on giving. Keep on dreaming and keep on becoming. In doing so, you are giving. You are inspiring. Don’t worry if the people around you aren’t doing the same. They’ll eventually start to wonder why you are so different. Why you have a genuine smile and a sparkle in your eye. It is the beauty of giving. As long as you feel good, well that’s all that really matters. Because if you feel good – miracles happen.
I went to donate blood with my sister this past weekend, and AGAIN I was denied!! Not fair! I had a vaccination for work a few weeks ago, and it didn’t cross my mind until I was already sitting there (cookies in site), with a long checklist in hand. I was so upset that I didn’t get to eat as many cookies as I like – the best part. Oh well. Next time.
When’s the last time you gave blood? Sign up. It’s so easy. Only 15 minutes of your life can save so many others. And trust me – SO MANY OTHERS. I’ve only started out on this ward at the hospital, and have hung numerous units every shift – saving lives. So get out there and give. It’s in you to give. My goal this challenge was to encourage 20 people to donate. Help me out?! You’ll definitely be helping more than just one person, there’s no question about that. Keep on giving – the good just keeps on giving.
Smile with your heart!