A-Z Challenge Greedy or Giving?
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G is for Greedy or Giving
This is a quick thank you to my husband. Sorry, mom, I’ve got to do this. I’m giving my hubby a little internet love.
I used to hate on people who were about the PDA and talking about their amazing relationships. No excuses, I was jealous. Of course, who doesn’t want a relationship they can shout about from the rooftops?
So forgive me in advance.
It got me to thinking. What’s the key to having and keeping a strong relationship? I have no idea because I’m no expert. I usually go to someone smarter than me to get answers.
Here’s what I found:
The happiest people in life are the givers, not the getters.
To give is better than to own.
For it is in giving that we receive
It is more blessed to give than to receive.
When you give yourself, you receive more than you give.
It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.
Most people have heard of this concept in some form before. So in our relationships how does this concept help in the day-to-day?
I have to say even though I’ve read it many times, I never knew how important it was in a marriage until I married my husband, Matt.
He taught me what it really means to be a giving person. I never considered myself the kind of person who would get used to public displays of affection but my hubby has changed my mind. I thought I would never meet someone who’d I’d work with, play with, and still have something to talk about stuff with at the end of the day. My husband proved me wrong.
How did he do it?
By being a giver.
It really is that simple. He gives to me which makes me want to give to him.
Does it only work in a marriage?
That’s why these wise words are so relevant. Let’s cut to the chase and give a real-world example.
Someone has gotten on your nerves today. (Shocking!)
Instead of thinking about all the ways you can get back at the person for ruining your day or annoying you, try something different.
Be a giver.
When someone says something rude. Say something nice about their hair, clothes, or personality that you do like.
If someone rubs you the wrong way, share something with them that is important or special to you. (A piece of chocolate, a sandwich, a cup of coffee, some good news).
When someone cuts you off in traffic. Let another driver in front of you. The person that cut you off might not benefit but it will make you feel better.
Some people call this term paying it forward. That’s fine, but I don’t like the idea that I have to pay for something that’s absolutely free to give.
Give free receive free. (That’s a whole other story).
Are you a giver? No, give it a try today and tell us how it went. We’d love to read your experiences below in the comments.
*My husband in the midst of me writing this article brought me flowers, my favorites. He had no idea what I was working on. I’m just saying…it works.*