You Don’t Get Much Without Giving

giving-quote-churchillIn this Ying and Yang world we live in, it’s all about alignment, balance and learning. Yet, without awareness, we learn nothing.  Throughout our lives, hopefully, we learn that to have a friend, you must first be one.  To seek forgiveness from someone you must equally forgive; especially and including yourself.

We are taught the “Golden Rule“; which is to Do unto Others as you would have them Do unto You.  Stephen Covey said it best with regard to relationships; “Seek first to understand, then to be understood”.

Indeed, our worlds are saturated with complementary and sometimes opposing forces.  giving_hug_vetForces, necessary for change, growth and survival.  Forces, equally essential for redemption and personal salvation.  And as the word connotes, “force” can at times be personally unpleasant in nature.

When we were children, many of us were guided by our parents and taught that work must come before play.  We were taught by both example and personal experience to understand about sacrifice and how suffering can even be considered necessary in life to accomplish great(er) things.  In reality, suffering is Christ-like in nature and opens the door to become closer to God; yet it is ultimately our choice whether to walk through that open door.

“My personal advocacy aligns that to truly know yourself you must focus on others and that you must place others first.  Respect always precedes love.  In observing and paying attention to your reaction and understanding of others behaviors, actions and approaches, you learn about yourself, your values, your tendencies and most importantly, your spirit.”

Compassion_2Best of all, giving generates those internal feelings deep within your being of satisfaction, peace, goodwill and validation.  Anyone who has done something for another human being out of the goodness of their heart, can identify with and understands this feeling.

It is an experience that leaves you always wanting and thirsting for more.   “For it is in Giving that we Receive” – Francis of Assisi


/gɪv/ Show Spelled [giv] Show IPA
verb (used with object), gave, giv·en, giv·ing.
1. to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow: to give a birthday present to someone.
2. to hand to someone: Give me that plate, please.
3. to place in someone’s care: If you give me your coat, I’ll put it in the closet.
4. to grant (permission, opportunity, etc.) to someone: Give me a chance.
5. to impart or communicate: to give advice; to give a cold to someone.

“You Don’t Get Much”
There’s two boys holdin’ stars for the wishin’
Yeah one boy’s sure one says “I don’t know”
But sometimes I feel we been missin’
Love I try, and away they go
And in this ol’ town the wind starts blowin
And the radio sings blues for free
We got the bottle down for soakin’ dreams (yeah!)
“Tears of a clown” well, hey, that’s me
And hearts that fall in two pretend they don’t show
Holding back the rain, baby, let it go
You don’t get much without giving
You don’t get much without giving
Hey! Hey!  Yeah!   Hey! Hey!  Yeah! Hey! Hey!  Yeah!   Hey! Hey!  Yeah!
Oh, she left one shoe behind in the back hallway
She left one memory the strangest kind
I guess naive love songs are savin’ grace
When losers win in this losin’ race
And hearts that fall in two pretend they don’t show
Holding back the rain, baby, let it go
You don’t get much without giving
You don’t get much without giving
Hey! Hey!  Yeah!    Hey! Hey!  Yeah! Hey! Hey!  Yeah!    Hey! Hey!  Yeah!
Oh……You don’t get much   
You don’t get much
You don’t get much   
You don’t get much
Oh…. Oh……
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About MW Cerkas

Compassion for People, Passion for Writing, Living my Conscience; "Look for the Good, Always" Positive, Creative, Seasoned Writer, Leader, Marketer, Authentic Spirit, Entrepreneur. Continuously seeking the GOOD in others and how to HELP them. Paying it Forward, Preparing for Eternity. Be well!

Posted on March 16, 2014, in Personal Growth, Philosophy, Truths, Videos and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on The Inspired Verse and commented:

    Pointedly, it is in these times that try the souls of mankind, that we must remind ourselves of the larger mosaic of life and our purpose as a part of it… Perspective is Paramount. Context is Crucial.


  2. Love this article Mike! I might have to swipe that Winston Churchill graphic and post it on my site! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs, me

    It’s going to be a GREAT day! Enjoy it! _________________ Cindy Braun Starfish Graphics 920.776.1377 Fast, Affordable, Art & Design for Today’s Busy World!


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