Never underestimate what you have give is a beautiful message so I am happy to write a post on that topic. It is a New York Life sponsored post but all opinions expressed are my own.
Keep Good Going: My Uncle’s Gift
The following video is only a little over a minute long but it is so inspiring! I love the soft music and the gentle message that rings true. Never underestimate what you have to give.
The video inspired me to share my own power of a gift story with you.
The Power of Giving
I believe that each of us has something to give. That gift may be something physical that you can hold in your hand or it may be something else, like time or love, but each gift we give can have impact on someone’s life. So many times, we get caught up in the rushing and consumption that is prevalent in our modern society and we can forget that joy can actually come from giving. Most often, when you give, you get back, whether it is a simple smile, a friendship, or the joy of impacting someone’s life.
There is a quote by Zig Ziglar that says, “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.” As someone that moved often as a child, I think this is very true. Friendships come much easier when you give first. I tell my kids, don’t wait around for someone to talk to you, go talk to them. Give your time, your listening ear, and your consideration and the world is more likely to return those favors to you. Zig Ziglar gave the gift of inspiration to millions and that is a beautiful thing!
As a parent, I want my kids to know how much they have to give. They might not have money, brawn, or size, but they have brains, talent, and heart and that is plenty! As a parent, I know how much I have to give them too and just how much that matters to helping them become good people.
To bring this conversation back down to physical gifts, I did receive an important gift as a child. I received a violin. I learned to play violin and I played in the orchestra in high school. Though I was not a virtuoso, by any means, I enjoyed the gift. I enjoyed the new talent and the struggle of working hard to achieve goals. My daughter chose, all by herself, to play the violin too. So that gift inspired me and now it inspires her and I couldn’t be prouder when I see her concentrate and work hard to play her songs.
What gift were you given that impacted you? I’d love to hear your stories!