Gifts to Share.
Apr 13, 2015
Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.
-Tony Robbins, shared by Dylan in Chicago, IL
The purpose in life is not to win. The purpose in life is to grow and share. When you come back to look on all you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought into other people’s lives than you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them.
-Rabbi Harold Kushner, shared by Carolyn in Lincoln, NE
This week I zoomed north and east to hang out with student leaders at the University of Maine. We explored the opportunities and challenges of serving others and discussed how to improve our leadership effectiveness by seeking the right combination of self-care and sharing gifts with others.
We watched a great SoulPancake video about the benefits of sharing gratitude; (https://youtu.be/oHv6vTKD6lg) it expanded on some research that suggests telling someone who has been influential in your life exactly what impact they had on your life will significantly increase your level of happiness even if (and more precisely ESPECIALLY if) you are not particularly happy right now. I really liked the idea that sharing gratitude is a wonderful gift to give others AND it simultaneously helps you feel better as well.
What would happen if we each identified someone who has been generous with their gifts of time, wisdom, and/or support and share the gift of gratitude by reaching out to them with a conversation or note to explain exactly how they’ve impacted you? It quite possibly improve their week, and I’m guessing it will make ours a little brighter, too. Are you in?
The Ripples Guy
P.S. I’m grateful how many subscribers find the time to regularly READ and PONDER our little splashes of inspiration; I *especially* appreciate when you occasionally SHARE the gifts by following through on the suggestions we mention. Those actions often create concrete, ever-widening ripples by inspiring others to continue spreading the inspiration.