I have always been fascinated with the feeling one experiences giving a gift vs. receiving a gift.
As a child I remember wanting gifts, and of course I remember receiving gifts… some I wanted. other’s maybe not so much, but it was still exciting to receive them!
As I began writing this blog post today I got excited?
Because I challenged myself to recall my earliest grand memory of giving.
The first memory that came to me was the Turkey Hand trace/drawing for Thanksgiving to my parents… but, I continued the to search for the first memory of a gift I gave that was my idea.
Boom! It blossomed in my mind and heart like yesterday! I remembered shopping for Mother’s and Father’s Day’s.
In particular I remember wanting to get my dad something for Father’s Day. So, I began to want to give, and want to give something perfect for him, but way too young to drive, and long before Amazon. 🙂
Our family dogs have always been English Bulldogs.
I remember my mom driving by the Mack Truck dealer or office or? All I know is it had Mack Truck on the front of the building and I knew Mack Truck’s logo was an English Bulldog.
So, I begged her to take me there cause I just knew they would have something I could get my dad for Father’s day.
Well.. we came home with a belt buckle and I am not even sure they sold them, but somehow my mom and I got one from someone there.
I gave this to my dad with great excitement and enthusiasm!
I am certain he never wore it, but GIVING this gift was awesome for me. It really taught me the LOVE for giving.
(and I loved my mom for going the extra mile for me… her way of giving)
Give a little.
Give a lot.
Don’t think this blog is about Money… it’s about Giving! Remember my mom driving me?
Food for thought;
Dr. Jorge Moll of the National Institutes of Health found that when a research subject was encouraged to think of giving money to a charity, parts of the brain lit up that are normally associated with pleasures like eating or physical intimacy.
Not because you must, but because you are willing.