These words formed the question I asked my sister, thirty years ago, after she ‘tricked’ me into volunteering for a local charity.
At the time, I hadn’t caught on to the rewards of giving. I was a good kid, never got into trouble. But I didn’t exactly go out of my way to dip my toes into the world of free labor. I guess I just didn’t see how rich it could make my life.
You see, I lived from a scarcity mentality. The phrases “I don’t have time”, “I’m too busy”, “I have to make money” and “I don’t have enough to give” flowed freely from my lips for far too long.
Over the last eight years, as I have grown my motivational speaking and writing career, I felt it necessary to walk my talk, and immersed myself in giving opportunities. Almost immediately, I saw what I’d been missing all these years.
I suddenly found myself surrounded by the most amazing people I’d ever met. I discovered millionaires who claimed the best use of their time and money was spent in a mode of ‘giving back’. I found busy professionals who converted their lunch hour to a mission spent delivering meals to the elderly. I met people who had very little money in the bank, who were rich beyond belief in the hearts when they shared their time.
And now, I share this message as a member of ‘the converted’: Giving ROCKS!
To celebrate my mission of giving (and honoring those who inspire me), I have created BeachBum Philanthropy (on Facebook) to document just how easy it can be to give on a daily basis. My whole family is involved, and my stepmom Aline recently explained it the best way possible: “When you go out each day with the intention of giving to someone, opportunities just show up!”
Yes they do.
The biggest miracle is this: I have found hours in the day which I never knew existed. I have found space in my heart which I thought was already filled. I have met and befriended some of the most caring, loving people in the world.
And it all started when I understood that you can’t put a price tag on giving.
It’s just too valuable.