Dare to give

Friday, September 8, 2017 3:18 pm
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Consider making your lives one long gift to others…All that lasts is what you pass on. The rest is smoke and mirrors. Stephen King

Generosity is more than monetary. Some people give and give of their time, skills, and money. The paradox is that instead of being impoverished when we give, we are enriched.

What does being generous mean? Being unselfish with your time, home, or talent is generous. Being kind, with the motivation of seeing others prosper, is generous.

The more you open up your life, the more you are enriched — not necessarily in monetary terms — but in ways that are more meaningful.

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. Winston S. Churchill

I am a fairly private person but I’ve found opening up myself and sharing with others has opened up a lot in my life. I give a lot of time to mentoring writers and tutoring high school students — mostly as a volunteer. As I give my time and expertise, I feel I’m sowing into someone else’s life. In return, my life is richer for the people in it.

I am an introvert and could be a hermit, but I’ve found that giving more time to others, has been a much more fruitful approach to life than hiding away.

As people ‘take’ your offerings, whether it’s a dinner, some help with finances or hospitality, your life grows. Your capacity actually increases.

Human nature often gets us to think about what we might lose if we give, rather than what we might gain. Sometimes, I’m exhausted. Sometimes, I’m depleted. Sometimes, I just don’t feel like being generous, but I never lose when I give.

Over the years, life has taught me that the principle found in the Bible, it is more blessed to give than to receive, never fails.

As I get older and consider what my legacy will be, it will be more about what I’ve given than what I owned. We each have been given resources — a smile, abilities, money, talents — it’s what we do with them, and how generous we are with them, that will be the gift that keeps on giving.

If we make our lives one long gift to others, we follow in the footsteps of the One who gave His all, and isn’t that the example we follow?

You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Elaine realised she wanted to be a writer at 10 years of age when the words flew off the page during a creative writing lesson. She studied English and Education at university and went on to spend many years as a high school English teacher teaching others how to write. In 2005, Elaine took the plunge and began writing full-time. Since then she has published five books and blogs, and is best known for her non-fiction work: Beautiful: beauty tips for the souland Too Beautiful: more beauty tips for the soul. “I try to write books that are honest, concerned with real lives and real issues with a spiritual edge. My books are contemporary, don’t always have the perfect ending, but always have hope.” When she’s not travelling the world in search of quirky bookstores or attending writing retreats in exotic locations, Elaine can be found in the Perth Hills sitting in her library — writing, reading, mentoring writers and hugging her golden retriever, Bear. elainefraser.co | Follow Elaine on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

On Friday 15 September, with your help, we want generosity to spread and multiply throughout the Perth community as part of 98five’s Random Acts of Coffee campaign. Read more

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