The Art of Uniquely Giving

To love is not to give of your riches 

but to reveal to others their riches, their gifts, their value, 

and to trust them and their capacity to grow. 

- Jean Vanier, The Broken Body: Journey to Wholeness

Gifting to others can sometimes end up being tricky.  Especially when the ones you're giving to just may be considered low income or destitute. There can be an unusual power contrast present. A state of mind of 'I'm doing something worth being thankful for. 'You are welcome' and the pleasure is all mine.'  And then our so-called guilt is relieved, and we move forward.

Consider the possibility that if our intentions and behaviors were to rather demonstrate a genuine promise and commitment to people?

Yes, truly, we have fundamental needs that should be met - so I'm not suggesting that we quit giving garments, food and nourishment, or cash to one another. It would be ideal if you keep it up. In any case, in the event that you stop there, you could miss something.

It requires a compassionate affection and a radical type of love to advance out of your customary range of familiarity to have a special discussion with somebody, particularly if that somebody is part of a different or alternate social class; Interactions with them might seem awkward or difficult at first. Their growing to be vulnerable with you and you in growing to be vulnerable with them will ease and feel more comfortable.

It is this kind of relationship that enables and holds much empowerment.  It is helpful and feels special to be given hand-ups, but it is very nice to be known and to have another to see that you are strong, solid, talented, and gifted.  And to know that those words have credibility because a person who knows you can point to times that you have demonstrated that loving skill and kindness.

Relationships are sometimes messy, or complicated, or difficult, yet, amazing stories of worlds colliding and the profound goodness that can come from a partnership is beautiful. Love that.

So, my friends, let us care about and love others by being generous not only with our riches, but also with our vulnerability and ability to recognize goodness in each other.

Reaching out to someone who is new and different from you can feel quite overwhelming, so start with the connections that you have now.  How can you help them remember the gift blessings and endowments they have been given?

Be valiant. Become more compassionately acquainted with individuals. Get to know them for who they are and not for who you want them to be - listen to what they enjoy, what their dreams or goals are - and what skills they possess, or would like to learn. Cherish them for who they are - who they are in their own identity.

Reach out and help others grow.

Always rooting for you! Miss Q

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