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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Giving and Receiving in Balance

A colleague and friend of mine recently invited those she knows to follow her in giving 29 Gifts in 29 Days. I wanted to share the experiment with you, as it has been a topic that has been on my mind lately. I was deeply moved by Courtney's recent post on her Healing Nest Blog and by the possibilities such a project offers. Courtney asks each of us to reflect on the balance of giving and receiving in our lives:

"In your own life, do you find that you give in a way that makes you feel exhausted? Do you ever find yourself having a hard time receiving? Joining this project has made me much more aware of my relationship to giving in general. Are there times when I resent giving (and why)? When do I resist accepting someone's generosity (and why)? How do I care for myself when I give a great deal without listening to my own body's message to take a break? How do I feel when I give without expecting anything in return? When has giving given me great joy?"

You can read the entire post and find more information about how you can participate in the 29 Gifts in 29 Days project here. I invite you to take the challenge with me.

4 Comments:

At February 3, 2009 at 5:35 PM , Blogger Courtney Putnam said...

Oh, how lovely that you are on this gifting journey, too! My goodness, I have received such abundance already in the form of your blog post. Thank you for this gift!

peace,
Courtney

 
At February 3, 2009 at 5:46 PM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

Courtney,

I have found it to be fun and rewarding. Since Friday, I have tried to be more conscious of giving and receiving in balance and have given very intentional gifts: a cup of coffee for a homeless man, a journal to a friend who wants to write more, and other mementos that meant a lot to me. I've found something interesting. I have received so much from the universe.

It really does wonders to just be aware of our patterns of giving and receiving. Thank you again for turning me onto the experiment.

Blessings,
Elizabeth

 
At February 3, 2009 at 7:05 PM , OpenID 6p00d83453083c69e2 said...

I love this idea! I'm busy doing a few other month-long programs right now, but this is definitely one I'll revisit. Thanks!

 
At March 2, 2010 at 3:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do think this is a most incredible website for proclaiming great wonders of Our God!

 

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