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~My Great Grandmother & Michael Landon taught me Personal Sacrifice~

Updated on November 6, 2014

There are many ways to 'Give."

MIchael Landon. He gave generously to all of us.
MIchael Landon. He gave generously to all of us. | Source
My father gave me the gift of music.
My father gave me the gift of music. | Source
Marriage: The gift of all that you are, to another,
Marriage: The gift of all that you are, to another, | Source
Teaching: Giving your knowledge to others.
Teaching: Giving your knowledge to others. | Source
Giving back: Caring for our parents.
Giving back: Caring for our parents. | Source


Great Grandmother

My thin, gray-haired great-grandmother taught me much about the art of giving. One day while I was visiting her, I noticed that she took a dime and inserted it into a brochure along with many other coins. I asked her what she was saving for, and she said she was going to give the packet of coins to the March of Dimes soon. Each dime represented her sacrificing a loaf of bread from her diet for one week. She felt that giving a dollar to the charity was worthwhile, so she went without bread for ten weeks.

I think of my grandmother's personal sacrifice, and I relate that to the world around me where almost everyone will contribute a dollar for a birthday present for a member of the office without giving the matter a second thought.

Maybe most of us don't take our giving quite so seriously, but the effect is exactly the same, whether we realize it or not. Whenever we give something, we have less. If we found ourselves suddenly thrown out of work, the box of old clothing we gave away a week ago would take on a new significance. The dollar we tossed into the kitty at the office might have been used for the purchase of bread and milk. Suddenly, we might find ourselves receiving instead of giving.

We live in hard times, unlike anything I have ever seen. Many are in dire need. Give generously when you can.

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    • torrilynn profile image


      7 years ago

      Sacrifice helps you to appreciate the value of something more. Thanks for the read. Voted up.

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      7 years ago from Clarksville TN

      Personal sacrifice is good because it teaches humbleness.

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      Debbie Welch 

      9 years ago

      Nicely put. I sincerely believe in giving what you are able to give - money - time - or personal possessions. I have given and volunteered many times throughout the years and know I became better for it. However - my parents or grandparents didn't believe in giving or volunteering - they frowned upon it and told my brother and I not to volunteer or give money or very little. Thanks.

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      Terri Meredith 

      9 years ago from Pennsylvania

      It seems we can benefit from the wisdom and values of our elders. My great grandmother was full Cherokee. She was a very quiet woman, who seemed to watch everyone and every thing around her with unsurpassed intensity. I was only about 3 when I asked her why she never talked. She said, "We must be silent and still in order to see with our hearts." Though I was so young and didn't appreciate the meaning until I was much older, I never forgot her imparted wisdom. Nice piece of writing.

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      9 years ago from USA

      This is a wonderful piece.........very nicely is also quite touching............nice.

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      9 years ago from Connecticut

      I agree. Giving and sacrifice are more states of mind than actions. When taken as actions the most important part is the starting point

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      angie ashbourne 

      9 years ago

      Hi! Reynold A lovely Hub! Angie P.S. We were on holidays, we did not get to Michigan this tip but to Niagara Fall New York maybe next year.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      9 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Yes, we learned a lot from our grandparents. Giving is really better than receiving and who knows one day we might need help and we have to appreciate it. Thanks for sharing.

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      9 years ago


      Such a warm and beautiful story to share with us. It really is better to give than to receive. I feel so wonderful when I can help someone who really needs my help.It is also important to give of your time, which I really believe in doing. My Grandmother did it, and now it is my turn to give from the heart, freely.

      Love all your creative writing and sharing life experiences with us.

      Thank you,


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      Rosemary Sadler 

      9 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A lovely hub

      I too never thought of it like that.

      I sponsored a child $40 a month with World Vision for 3 years, then came a time when I could no longer do that I was so sad thinking I had let this child down but was so grateful for the help I received when I needed it.

      They say what goes around... comes around and thats very true.

      Giving is always a joy.

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      9 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Great Hub, as I tell my family, true love really means being willing to sacrifice something of value, all else is just words. The images of the late Michawl Landon stirs up a lot of memories, thanks for writing.

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      9 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      Beautiful hub on giving and grandparents. Thanks for writing this, Reynold Jay.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      9 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Great hub! Grandparents have always been the ones with the greatest knowledge and understanding of life.

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      Reynold Jay 

      9 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Yep a simple thought and thank you for making comments on it. Nothing ground breaking, however it is amazing how something that happened fifty years ago can remain in one's mind as fresh as ever. I plan to do a few very short HUBs like this one for awhile.

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      9 years ago

      A beautiful Hub!

      Giving is important and makes us better human beings to help others in times of need.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      9 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Thanks for a lovely hub Reynold, with a very pertinent point.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      9 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      We are meant to be generous and cheerful givers. God has promised to rebuke Satan for our sake when we obey the command to tithe and give. Malachi 3:9-10.

      And it feels great to help another person. I believe giving is ingrained into our DNA and the devil is trying to stamp out that God given trait. Thank you RJ for this lovely Hub.

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      Movie Master 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Reynold, it's surprising how much we learn from our Grandparents and the influence they have on us.

      A lovely hub of sharing thank you.

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      Reynold Jay 

      9 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Hi PenMePRetty and Carcro, Your thoughts are always a welcome sight. I will be doing shorth HUBs like this one for awhile. Nothing earthshaking--just something to keep it alive here.

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      Paul Cronin 

      9 years ago from Winnipeg

      That's a very interesting point of view. Most times when we give, we have that much less, but over time, "The more we give - the more we get". Not sure who said that first, but it is true. But I have been in the position you noted, gave something away and the next day - I needed it again - opps!

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      9 years ago from Franklin

      What a precious story of sharing, caring and giving. "It is better to give than to receive"... Jesus It is a wonderful feeling to give. Thank you for sharing.


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