Ripples #959: Giving of Ourselves.
Oct 9, 2017
The best thing about giving of ourselves is that what we get is always better than what we give…The reaction is greater than the action.
-Orison Swett Marden, shared by Heather in Onalaska, WI (who posted this in her work space as a daily reminder to be mindful of giving to others)
How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of others, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving….
-Albert Einstein, shared by Janice in South Lyon, MI
Many moons ago when I lived in Madison and was just embarking on my adventures as a leadership trainer and keynote speaker, I did some work for a couple of organizations that serve credit unions (CUNA and CUNA Mutual Group). Two decades later, I still get to spend quite a bit of time with credit unions on certain holidays (MLK Days, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, etc.). Today (Columbus Day for some, Indiginous Day for others) is another of those, and as you read this I’ll be making some new friends at Class Act Federal Credit Union in Kentucky.
I decided to pair these quotes and unleash them today as a tribute to credit union teams and others whose work is about GIVING OF OURSELVES. as a really cool bonus, both of these quotes were submitted by credit union employees: yay for synchronicity!
So, to all who spend their days giving to others: thank you. I hope you recognize the significant difference your contributions make in the lives of others, and I hope that at least occasionally you get a peek at how your gifts are valued by the people you serve.
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