Life's Lessons: Selfless Giving---Just What We Need Now
Every day, we all try to teach our children to give unselfishly
One of the purest kinds of love, I believe, is selfless giving. Giving with no expectation of or desire for anything in return. How powerful is that?
My Momma taught us from our earliest years to give without expecting anything in return.
She gave and gave of herself, her wisdom, her patience, the bounty of our vegetable and fruit gardens, the explosion of gorgeous plants and flowers in our yards wherever we lived.
It costs nothing to be a selfless giver. It is really a way to live. Each day to reach across in some small way and touch a life...a smile, a nod, opening a door, picking up a dropped parcel, some small acknowledgment that another is on the planet.
Include your family in your willingness to give of yourself. Let this giving begin in your home.
Love Knows No Boundaries
Find the dawn in each new day.
It is always darkest before the dawn is a saying I have heard for as long as I can remember. I never really thought about what it meant because the words need no explanation. Nowhere could I find the source of this quote but it is listed as a proverb in most locations which would seem appropriate
And there has been even darkness for many lifetimes in the last century...
So certainly the dawning is at hand. Better yet, we must find the dawn in each day.
What a Message About Lovin'
How the children were chosen
"This event got its start six years ago during a convesation between the Walmart store manager and Starke police Capt. Barry Warren.
Capt. Warren found 34 elementary school children who had good grades, good attendance and good attitudes and who came from families that might need some extra help over the holidays. Warren also arranged for some additional donations from the community with the goal of having $100 to spend on each child. Since the first year, Warren has raised funds year-round for the event, and this year 153 children were able to participate."
Source: Gainesville.com in the December 15, 2010, event. The postings for this year's event have not been posted as of this writing. Due to privacy issues, I did not feel that photographing the event would be in the best interest of those involved.
Let the shopping begin...
As soon as I entered the store. I had to ask why they were there. The young girl who greeted me said, " O, it’s Shop with a Cop Day," she chirped "It begins at 9 o'clock." It was 8:45 so I knew if I needed anything from the toy section I needed to go there quickly. As it happened I did have to go there for my daughter, in search of a tiny swimming pool to go with a new doll house she and her husband are making for a niece. I got out of there just before the shopping began.
I had heard of this, had seen it on television, but had never seen the sea of officers and felt the wave of love that was passing through the air.
Soon the hands of the clock flipped around to nine o'clock. I made my way to the back of the store to the craft section and there before me was a wall of police officers each with a shopping cart waiting in a seemingly never ending line that snaked around past shoes, baby clothes, toddler clothes,and swung around to the food section.
A whole lot of happy...
I had to excuse myself to pass across the wall. As I passed by I told them that this what just what we needed right now---a whole lot of happy for 200 children. A sparkle could be seen in their eyes as they smiled modestly. Soon two hundred excited children entered the store carrying small red bags filled with candy. They joined the Officer who would navigate through the store with them and off they went to find whatever it was they were dreaming of that morning.
I continued to shop and was aware of the others in the store as I am usually am. When I went up to check out, there were eight lanes dedicated to those who had come with a Police Officer that morning. Officers, children, and the shopping carts found a way to a check out line and soon were headed out to the parking lot. Many shiny new bicycles could be seen dangling over the edge of a shopping cart.
A gift to you......this song shared by children
Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.— Mother Teresa
Our children need to learn of selfless giving...
Do you think that teaching selfless giving is important?
Give and ask nothing in return
What we need now is this same kind of selfless giving across the board. Everyone can do it. It is not about economics. It is about caring about each other.Caring enough to brighten the day for someone else even if our day has not gone exactly how we planned it. You are not giving some thing----you are giving of yourself...speaking listening, helping.Most of the gifts you are not things you can hold in your hand. And, it is quite possible they will be much more meaningful, much more well received because you gave of yourself in some way.
Yesterday when I was out, I experienced a type of this selfless giving.
I arrived at a rural Walmart early I thought, it was 815. When I pulled in the parking lot it was full already. Wow. I thought. It is Tuesday morning and the parking lot is full they must be giving things away today. Everyone has skipped work. I parked my car and got out. And then I saw a very large group police officers, men and women, some in uniforms, some not. All gathered in front of one set of doors. All of them were engaged in happy bantering of one sort or another.
Clothing and food
Establish a carpool and babysitting pool
Offer to tutor a few neighborhood children in reading or math
The small town of Starke Florida is where this experience occurred.
Connecting on a personal level...
My shopping too was now complete so I checked out and went to the parking lot. There, once again, it was filled with Officers who were very merry indeed. Alongside of them were children who were bubbling over with excitement at the expectation of going home with their early Christmas gifts.
I wondered of course how many baskets contained some special treasure for a family member. One little boy had been trying to decide which pair of pajamas to get for his little brother: Cars or Toy Story as I had rushed by with my cart. The Officer with him was trying to help.
"He's about this tall," the small child said, holding his hand up next to his shoulder. The Officer smiled and said, "Let's see what we can find."
And, so it went.Two souls were connecting that mornin on a personal level even if for a moment. Who knows how life changing this very act may be. Perhaps one day those who were on the receiving end of this blessing will do it for another. Goodness begets goodness..
A simple message
As I drove home from a nearby town today, I came up behind a car that had a sign in the window that makes my point for me very well. The sign was made from a long board and on in it painted with white paint were the words
LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
That was all it said. And, it was enough. That is what we need. To love one another enough to give in a selfless manner. Such simple words that carry so much weight. It costs nothing to do so. Imagine if each one of us did this.
© 2012 Patricia Scott