What things you can do right now to improve your life? The meaning of life is to find your gift, is it not? And the purpose of life is hidden in giving it to the world.
“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
What if we give more than we think? The small, helpful choices that we forget about make up a surprisingly large portion of our lives: we can think of this as passive or instinctive giving.
What we can all still learn is how much we can improve our lives through active giving. We need to look after ourselves, but taking the time to look after others first doesn’t just feel good: it teaches us how confused society’s ideas of fulfilling our desires can be. Read on to discover some areas in which active giving can help you discover skills and knowledge you didn’t know that you had.
1. The Bedroom
There’s nowhere we need giving more than in the bedroom. The world we grow up in provides us with so many insecurities about our looks, desires, and performance. We need to remember that this is as true for our partners as it is for us, and they need our compassion and our giving attitude to help them feel comfortable and loved.
Active giving means supporting your partner through difficult times in the bedroom. This could be personal issues they have around their body or sex life. It could be helping them to feel no shame about temporal issues, like if or when they suffer from erectile dysfunction symptoms. Showing them that you’re willing to give them all the time and support they need is the best way to enjoy a healthy, satisfying love life and work towards a solution together.
Whether it’s ED or anything else that causes anxiety in the bedroom, the best you can do is show your partner that you support them. It may take a week, it may take a lifetime: as the saying goes, love is patient, love is kind.
2. The Kitchen
We love food. All of us. We all love to cook ourselves a tasty meal. There’s nothing wrong with this: we encourage the love of food. Through active giving, though, we learn to understand what the taste of good-quality food is like to those who need it the most.
There are several options for providing this:
Work with a local organization to provide food for the disadvantaged
Prepare good meals and distribute them to hungry folk you see around your neighborhood
Use your resources to organize your own setup. Purchase the materials you need to supply good, hot food, and turn up at a fixed location at a fixed time and date, offering free meals.
Local shelters are a brilliant start. However, you can’t vouch for the quality of the food: these places have to budget. If just a few people take up option #3, we can use the luxury of our resources to alleviate hunger and provide real joy to people.
3. Creative Pursuits
We all have a creative soul within us. We all have a story to tell, and we should. However, it isn’t easy to know when the time is right. If you’ve taken a long hiatus from creative pursuits but still love the arts, you know what we mean.
You can still help with creative pursuits if you’re an active giver. You can help other people tell their stories: people without the resources to do this by themselves.
You’ll know when the time is right to tell your story. It may even become easier to understand your role in the wider world when you help others speak for themselves and give a voice to the silenced.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ―Winston S. Churchill
Active giving is just as natural as the everyday acts of kindness we perform. Once you discover what it feels like, you’ll realize it’s been part of you all along. Make your quiet difference with these three simple steps.