Monday, May 2, 2016

The Beauty of Giving


This is one of the most powerful quotes that I have ever seen. The truth of this quote really speaks volumes. 

Giving

Performing acts of kindness

Doing something for others

When you make the decision to reach out and be kind to those who could never possibly repay you, you experience the absolute true beauty of giving, and what it can bring. Doing something kind for another person can change their day, or in some cases, their life. 

When you do something kind for someone, you could be making more of an impact than you realize. You could be doing something for someone who, unbeknownst to you, had been having a terrible day up until that point, or had been feeling really down about life as of late. And due to your act of kindness, you suddenly give them hope without even realizing it. 

That is the beauty of it. You can literally change the way a person looks at the world.

Yes, receiving can be wonderful. We are not selfish when we enjoy receiving. But absolutely nothing compares to the joy of giving. It is the most rewarding feeling in the world. 

Ironically, by giving, you are receiving. You just do not realize it yet...

What sort of feeling do you get when you give?

230 comments:

  1. I truly believe that acts of kindness and positive deeds generate very positive responses and perpetuate feelings of joy and satisfaction. By giving, we are indeed receiving.

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  2. What a wonderful quote!
    Happy week

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  3. It's a great quote. I think kindness is a wonderful thing, even small kindnesses can make someone's day....

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  4. Could you pass that along to the lottery? They should give to the cat lol

    Very true indeed, one little act can change someones whole day or outlook.

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  5. Beautiful, that's the way I feel.

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  6. I can identify a lot with this quote. I always advocate kindness and giving to others. Everyone feels uplifted from your act of kindness and you yourself would feel good too.

    Thank you for dropping by my blog a while back. Hope to keep connected!

    Jo
    Jo's Jumbled Jardinière

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  7. I'm not an asker, but not long ago I really needed to ask. It was hard, and I did and no one wanted to help (outside of family). It's funny...some people can ask, ask, ask and they receive easily. When we were so down that I finally asked and asked, not one person really wanted to help (nor did we get help, but that's okay we found our way). I think many people like to help but only if it's their idea. If YOU ask, they feel put out, it seems. But for some people, if they're desperate enough to ask, they really, really need the help. I'm ranting, I know. The point is this, I've always been a giver. Always. But since our incident, unexpected and very life altering/shaking, I now actively look for people I can sense need help but aren't asking, and I offer. A little cash, free groceries, new shoes, an umbrella, a hot meal, etc. Little things, but things that are appreciated just the same. For those who could never, nor would I want them to, pay me back. It feels like a million bucks.

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  8. Hi Keith - this is so true ... and we do feel so much better and easier that we've helped others ...

    Take care and enjoy the summer .. cheers Hilary

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  9. A good thing to meditate on and that is a very moving picture too ! Have a beautiful day .

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  10. That is a wonderful quote...and oh, so true. I'd rather give than receive. I get a lot of pleasure from doing so. I guess that's selfish in a way...in the best way. :)

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  11. Comme cette photo est touchante, c'est parfois peu, trop peu ce que l'on donne , au regard de toute la misère du monde...
    Merci

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  12. Je vois que c'est bizarrement traduit...

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  13. "Live Simply, Love Generously, Care Deeply,
    Speak Kindly".

    "Every Day May Not Be Good...But There's Something
    Good In Every Day".

    "It's Nice To Be Important, But It's Important To
    Be Nice".

    "Don't Walk In Front Of Me, I May Not Follow, Don't
    Walk Behind Me, l May Not Lead, Walk Beside Me, And
    Be My Friend".

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  14. Somehow comforting to read this. Your posts give a person strength. Thank you.

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  15. This is so very true. You might not ever know the impact you had on the person, but I believe the goodness is always paid forward.

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  16. That photo has bought tears to my eyes! When I am at the supermarket and the person behind me has only a few items I always let them go before me. I usually get a smile and a thanks but the other day when I did it the person was extremely grateful and thanked me for my kindness. It made me think that she was probably going through a hard time and for that moment felt there was humanity in the World. I like to do my bit even if some people think I am a walk over.

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  17. What a great image. Giving makes sense really.

    I'm sure there is a story to the lines in my rocks - I just dont know what it is!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  18. such a beautiful quote,, giving makes me feel complete.

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  19. So true, we are made to give of ourselves to others and to God, it is the most fulfilling kind of life we can have.

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  20. Even the gift of a smile can go a long way to someone having a bad day.

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  21. I love to do something extra for someone. Improves my entire day!

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  22. This is a great quote! It's definitely better to give than to receive.

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  23. Beautiful message to keep in mind. The image alone will stay with me as a reminder that someone, some being, just might need my help today. A simple genuine smile, the kind that says "I feel your pain" can change a person's outlook.
    Giving of yourself is beneficial to everybody.
    Have an excellent day! :)

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  24. Beautiful post-our world can be made better if everyone would extend kindness
    spreading kindness to someone gives me an inner smile

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  25. Hello Keith, I love the quote and image. I have to say it does feel good to give and not expect something in return. There are many feel good acts of kindness, simple and easy ways to make someone feel happy. Great post, thanks for sharing. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  26. Good thought and adorable photo.

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  27. Keith, that quote and photo quite literally took my breath away. I think I may need to save that one and print it out for my desk. You are right about giving unconditionally -- it's not a matter of feeling righteous (or self-righteous?). It is simply a matter of feeling like you did the right thing. A random act of kindness is a gift easy to give. And one that gives back in heart-fullness.

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  29. To answer your last question- Uh, only the best feeling in the world! Every time I drop off a donation, whether it be the local animal shelter, the homeless shelter, the women's shelter- I feel whole. I feel I made a difference, a positive impact. Receiving is nothing compared to the feeling of giving. Never once have I felt as peaceful receiving a gift as I've felt giving a donation.

    It's a cliche, but the world would be a much better place if people thought of themselves just a little less and other people a little bit more. After all, we are all in this together :-)

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  30. My kids make fun of me for talking to strangers in stores, but I like to chat with other people. And I give compliments when I see something I like instead of just keeping the thought to myself.

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  31. I feel this way when my singing duo, Sugartime, performs at retirement communities. Giving the gift of music to those who can no longer get out to hear it can be magical.

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  32. You know the saying about it being better to give than to receive - my mom used to remind my sisters and me about that when we were young. Truly, a little kindness goes a long way, and speaks volumes of one's character. Have a great week!

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  33. Giving - my favorite thing to do :)

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  34. i have volunteered much in my life, giving feels so much better than receiving!! but giving in amenuity, with no expectation of anything in return, fills my soul with joy!!!

    what a great picture and quote!!!

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  35. i have a complete faith in it dear,one who really love himself love and help others

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  36. OMGosh, what a moving photo (Brings tears) and touching post.

    Off topic: What part of KY do you live in? I was born in Paducah. My parents grew up in Metropolis, IL, just over the river.

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  37. their smiles are my reward, makes me feel good

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  38. It really is the most fun a person can have legally. :)

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  39. I do acts of kindness all the time. When it moves me, not necessarily when I'm asked.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  40. nothing makes me feel better than doing or giving for others..people should do it more often..
    thanks for stopping by and saying howdy...appreciate it.

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  41. This is beautiful. I love the idea that when we give, we are receivjng, we just don't know it yet.

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  42. I try and yet it always comes back to me. Not by the person I help but by the giving nature of another. It's so beautiful the way the giving spirit
    just goes round and round.

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  43. This is beautiful. And probably the reason for a long teaching career. Every day was an opportunity to give with only the idea that my giving would be multiplied over generations to come.

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  44. Warm and fuzzy feelings, like a day worth living, like sun on my face---good feelings

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  45. I get a warm wonderful feeling when giving or helping others. I usually like to do it without much fanfare too, anonymously if I can; don't need the accolades, just enjoying helping others as much as I can.

    betty

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  46. We get much satisfaction when we give of ourselves to someone in need.

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  47. I enjoy giving gifts so much I can't really take any credit for doing it! We recently gave a gift card to a family who had experienced a house fire and had asked for donations of clothes and toys - it was such a joy. We gave anonymously so as not to make the person feel awkward. I am actually much better at giving things that getting them. But I love it when someone does a kind act for me rather than giving me something tangible.

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  48. I agree that giving without any expectation is an incredible feeling... I think the rewards are overwhelming... and yes you can certainly change someones day and not even realize it... I even find that being kind to someone by doing something for them and that they have no idea who did it is even better... I love the idea of passing it on to someone else in time of need xox

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  49. Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words. That's just heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. That quote is a lovely idea, to be kind for kindness itself, not for any reciprocation.

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  50. It is the best feeling to give. And very often you have no idea how much it means to somebody. As a teacher I have received notes from students as they graduate where they thank me for just noticing them every day or for the time I listened or understood they were having a bad day. What seem like little bits of kindness can mean something much bigger to someone else.

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  51. I love to give. I know this isn't giving to others that really NEED it, but that's part of why I like Christmas so much. I just like trying to find the perfect gift for others. Seeing my nephews open things up is fun!

    When my nephew was born that has special needs I tried to take their family dinners. I've had a few students that had babies early on. I've given them things I had from my boys. I try and let people that have not very much in the grocery line go before me.

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  52. Really powerful quote and the image fitting to it. By giving or sharing, I feel good about myself. Kindness is not lost; we receive something nice though invisible and intangible. I’d like to fill my life with little nameless act of kindness. Thanks for your visit.

    Yoko

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  53. This is the way our lives should be lived - for others.

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  54. Absolutely agree. It lifts the soul...of both the giver and receiver. :)

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  55. I get the feeling of having done the "right thing." Something in my heart and soul just breathes a little easier.

    Thanks for stopping by my page :-) good to hear from you Keith.

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  56. I really like this quote and find it to be true. Can you imagine what a wonderful world we'd be living in if kindness was mankind's priority?!

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  57. Actually, I believe that is what we are here for. The picture reminds me of last Fall when I rescued a little kitten whose family had evidently drowned in some torrential rain we had here. It took 6 weeks to get it to trust me but meanwhile it hid under my porch and I fed it and gave it water...finally I was able to get her in the house as it was getting cold and I was tired of running outside. She loved my shoelaces and to this day she chews off the tips and I am constantly buying new ones! LOL! But that's how our relationship started and today she is a house cat and her name is Miss Peeps. She thinks I am her mother and I think she is my child....not all family members have to look like each other! LOL!
    There are times when people you are kind to do not want your kindness so my mantra is "rejection is protection and/or direction". There's someone or something that needs your kindness more. Thank you for the quote! Oh, did I tell you I am left-handed too? Have a great week!

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  58. Love this...I do as much as I can for people and Animals. Hubby and I saved a Box turtle yesterday. :) Just paying a sincere compliment to someone may change their entire day...you never know. It doesn't hurt to be kind and making a difference, like stopping to help an animal isn't always convenient or checking on an old person that may look confused but, you should just do it. :) If you can't physically help, you can always call for help. :)

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  59. I love to do service work. It's so rewarding. I recently started volunteering for a group and it makes my heart smile. We say it's a chance to give back what was so freely given to us.

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  60. So true! Giving generously with no thought of repayment really warms the heart and is a special feeling.

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  61. I get a feeling of satisfaction and happiness when I give. This photo says it all, and the rewards are great.

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  62. Most of my givings are to my nieces and nephews. I don't get much appreciation as kids never think about it. Can't blame them, I didn't at that age either.

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  63. I really do believe that it's better to give than to receive. If I can lift someone up, make them feel less alone, then that makes me happy.

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  64. Giving to someone is something pretty special. It feels really good to give a gift, even if all you can give someone is your time. Sometimes that's all you need to give.

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  65. This is so true! I have been a volunteer in many different helpful organizationsalmost my entire life. I've always wanted to help make the world a better place in any way I can and volunteering has helped me do that.

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  66. It's a good feeling... One must do it more often :)

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  67. You are tenderhearted. I end up feeling I want to do it more often!

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  68. giving always helps me get outside of my own head..

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  69. So true! It is such a good happy feeling doing something nice for someone. I think I really do get more out of the giving the person getting. : )

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  70. This is such a true and lovely post Keith and you're right, it's not selfish to enjoy receiving but to be able to give in whatever form, is truly a wonderful thing. Thank you for the kind words on my last post too. - Tasha

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  71. Giving without expectation of return (and perhaps annonymously) is truly giving from the heart. Sometimes even a smile given spontaneously can make a big difference in someone's life. Giving with a purity of purpose is a gift that travels both ways.

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  72. I think helping someone and giving them hope is probably one of the best gifts anyone can give. Nice post! :)

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  73. This truly is the most touching post, and the quote and picture, oh my goodness. I totally agree. Thank you for visiting.

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  74. Love this post. Thank you for posting.

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  75. Freude :) Geben aus dem Herzen = Freude! Beautiful post, smiles, Anke :)

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  76. Giving beats any drug or medicine science can offer for pure pleasure. The gift doesn't just grace the giver and receiver alone. The subtle ripples go on forever like the flutter of a butterfly's wing in Peru.

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  77. Love this post, Keith! Happy Monday to you!

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  78. I'm not sure what kind of feeling I get. I just want to give so hopefully people can be happier :)

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  79. Giving is indeed wonderful, thank you for the reminder. The post is beautiful.

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  80. I love this post!!!! :) I've had many a conversation with friends about altruism, and the beauty of giving without expectations. This is a characteristic I hope to one day master. We all have to start small though, right? :) From the examples I look up to in my own life I've seen that giving in this way makes you a more sincere person, which in turn fills you with a more sincere joy. I would hope that as we practice giving to those who cannot repay us, we can then give the same amount even to those who could repay us without worrying about what we're going to get out of it. This is charity; this is true love. This a freer, more fulfilling way to live.

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  81. I love giving as well. But sometimes you're waiting for any thankfulness or any smile from who you were giving.

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  82. Giving to one who can't pay back, means giving of ourselves. My mother taught me that. Thanks for the visit to my blog!

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  83. Nice point about giving. Although some people have hard time to receiving...and that make them wear off... ~ thanks for kind words at my blog! Best!

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  84. I know this pic very well ... posted a similar one in my Russia travel blog ... when I saw a fellow cat sufferer in the streets of Moscow ... I always take dry cat food to my travel destinations ... and you what? ... she purred for me ... smiles ... tears ... my wordpress travel blog is: http://ckpeacemaker.wordpress.com/ ... it is easy to click and view on each and every of my blogger blogs on the very bottom ... PS: The Russia post is way down there, so keep scrolling down and view, if you like ... Love, cat.

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    1. ... what I meant to say, was ... I fed her ... and she purred for me ... so she repaid me big time ... smiles and purrs always repay, hmmm? ... Love, cat.

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  85. I always have to remember this Keith because sometimes I forget. Since I live in the city, there are some things I don't like or really hate. But I am learning ~ Hope you are well, smiles ~

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  86. There's many people who give and want to be acknowledged for it somehow, but I think that giving and not wanting anything in return is the best way of giving for sure. I always admire your outlook in life, Keith, and appreciate your words very much.

    Have a terrific week.

    ~Sheri

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  87. So true!!! Thank you kindly for stopping by my blog. Bless you!

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  88. Here I am again! I look forward to where you are taking me to each blog. You open doors into the heart and give us questions to answer to our souls. You always have your finger on the pulse of emotions and feelings. I think this is one of the five lessons we need to learn to be truly human. I am sure you will be opening up more doors with more questions.

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  89. This is very true, and something we should try to do regularly.

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  90. I sometimes think that service to others is the only true way to heal yourself.

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  91. Yes, giving is a great feeling.

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  92. The only thing we can take with us is the love we have given away. (Got that from "A Wonderful Life". I hope your new wife knows that movie!) x

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  93. Excellent profound quote and . . . oh my . . . the picture . . .
    Giving to me just seems right and good . . .

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  94. I love that quote also. I worked in a church for my career for over 25 years, and spent my time giving and giving to others in need... I worked with all ages during those years --and have great memories of those years. I was blessed with this career--and anytime, I could make someone smile, or help them in any way at all, it truly blessed me even more.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  95. I'm giving two kittens to a friend who retired and lost her husband both in 2015. She plans to do right by them and I know she will. It will help her and help us.

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  96. One of those paradoxes of life, I love to give and when I hear anybody talk about it coming back ten fold I tell them how untrue this is, it comes back 100 fold. Naturally I don't give and sit back and wait to receive, I just keep on giving, sharing the positive energies wherever I go and what a blessing it is to be able to do so! As for the cookies I baked, feel free, help yourself. I baked them and gave all but four away! lol

    Have yourself a blessed and wonderful week! Cheers.

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  97. I have always felt good when giving to others, helping as best I can. I am lucky to be in a church very involved in helping people in the community.

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  98. Giving is sacrificing. But the joy of giving is more than that of receiving. It is the satisfaction of seeing the relief and happines of those who receive. Many may not realize the giver will always find life more beneficial and easy after giving. It works that way!

    Hank

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  99. In Judaism, the highest level of charity is giving anonymously. This is a similar/parallel sentiment. It means one gives to get nothing in return.
    Thanks for the quote. It's a high, but achievable, daily bar to set.

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  100. I have always lived by that principle. I liked to do, if I could help and give (but often it did not work, because this needed verbal communication, has the other address first). Some people exploited me when they realized: they can count on my help. And then, when no longer needed, they sent me away.
    I myself often found only on my own (can not communicate if I need something). Sometimes a bitter feeling.
    But I'm not bitter woman therefore.
    Sometimes it is easier for me to give something to animals than humans...

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  101. I love that quote! It always feels good to give. And the more you give, the more gets back to you! It's a win-win! ;)

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  102. Senryu:

    we give
    and feel this tearful joy
    a smile

    __That returned smile... the truth of life. _m

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  103. Giving is truly a beautiful thing. It always makes me feel happier just to see someone else a little happier. :-)

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  104. Giving makes for a better world.

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  105. The art of giving and taking requires boundaries and balance. Too much of either can tip your life in a negative direction.

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  106. This quote should be lived out more in daily life. It's the philosophy of unconditional love. The Greeks have a word for it - agape.

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  107. I believe the feeling is privilege. For whatever and whenever to have the time and people conjure the best occasion to share, give or make something for others.
    This is kind of tricky among Latins because we are very proud people and sometimes people end up ressenting those who did. Sometimes - more often than not - because there's no way to retribute or repay. Not that it's asked and due but it's not the first time I did something for someone that in time steps away because they feel - I think - they can't honor the repayment. Because that perfect timing, people and need will never repeat itself in the same scenario. And yes, that pay-back need exists only in their minds and Egos :(.
    But for me it's a privilege. And one I use often even if I know the outcome won't be the natural one :)

    "Even if it's a little thing, do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it." Albert Schweitzer

    I once had a blogging friend that had only one person commenting in her blog - you guessed right: ME! - for years. For some reason people visited but didn't comment. Can you believe she ended up deleting the blog? I guess she didn't know the saying "A single rose..." ;)

    (sorry for any typos. no time to check ;)) Be Well!

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  108. Nice post! Giving always makes me feel grateful - for the fact that I have been given the opportunity to help another. Thanks for this.

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  109. They say "you get what you give" and it's so true! :) The act of giving is simply beautiful! :)

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  110. This morning my husband poked his head out the door when the water delivery man was picking up our old bottles. He called out, "thanks and have a great day!". The delivery man was surprised and said, "thanks so much". I imagine that the comment from my husband will come back to him all day.

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  111. Yes, this is beautiful. A great reminder that one act of kindness can change a person's life. A sense of peace settles over me when I do something nice. We may never know the results, but then again, we might. Love the poster.

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  112. Yesterday my husband and I were sitting at a table in an Oxxo station near our home and a nice looking young fellow came up and said in English "Welcome to Mexico. I am your friend. I wanted to tell you welcome to Mexico." We thanked him, said a few words back to him and he left. None of the usual questions we get as North Americans living here, just "Welcome to Mexico." It made our day!

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  113. Beautiful quote and picture! Giving is so much better than receiving. It is a gift just to see a person's face light up with joy or surprise.

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  114. What sort of feeling do I get when I give? A feeling of great joy, which is better than anything I can receive. I always believe in passing on a kindness, and people have done some very kind things for me in the past.

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  115. Amen! Wonderful post and so true. I think the Bible says, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Giving can bring a feeling of satisfaction and happiness. It's always a joy to make someone's day brighter.

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  116. Giving what you are expected to give, is far less uplifting than giving for the sheer joy of it.

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  117. Incredible quote, and a beautiful photo. Giving gives me great joy...and makes me smile.

    Big hugs, honey...(and share one with your sweet wife)

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  118. Giving really is a thing of beauty. I look for opportunities each day that will allow me to give to others. Be it a compliment, a kind gesture, or material items, you don't lose anything by giving and it makes you feel great!

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  119. Beautiful thoughts from everyone!

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  120. Great post! Giving is wonderful. And big or small, acts of kindness are always rewarding. At the supermarket not too long ago, an elderly lady asked me to bring her down an item from a higher shelf because she couldn't manage it and when I did, you'd think I had offered her the world. Her profound appreciation for something that I didn't consider a big deal left me awestruck. I think she made my day more than I made hers.

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  121. You recently visited my blog, In Dodd We Trust, and made a comment. I enjoyed checking on your blog and posted a link today. Be well, be happy, be free from suffering. Be healing for all beings.

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  122. I'm a firm believer of random acts of kindness!

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  123. Awesome. I love it! We try to live our lives this way--my family. Actually, we live it to the point that when someone does something for one of us or gives us something, it's almost hard to accept. I think that's an important part of giving--being able to receive as well.

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  124. I love the idea of 'paying it forward'. If someone does an act of kindness to me, I want to pass on the kindness by doing something for someone else.

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  125. I agree with you! Random acts of kindness are the best! You never know what kind of impact your act will have, but you know it will be positive. :)
    ~Jess

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  126. This is the best, most pleasant way to go through life!

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  127. Hi there - I just saw your comment on Ruth's blog - on her Month in Numbers post. You're very welcome to join us in sharing your own - I have a few ideas here if you'd like to know more about the series: http://notesonpaper.blogspot.co.uk/p/months-in-numbers.html
    Happy May to you [whether that's in numbers ... or not!]. Julie

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  128. Keith, this is a beautiful quote. My son is 14 and I just a similar discussion about doing something for another person without expecting anything in return. Like you mentioned, even the smallest gesture could bring joy to someone's not so great day.

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  129. Lovely quote and interesting photo. And you're right, giving is a joy.

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  130. You are right! Giving a bit of kindness gives one a good feeling inside. I think we sometimes all need a reminder.....such as your post. Thank you for that, Keith!

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  131. Giving without expecting anything in return is the most wonderful feeling in the world, and I am surprised that, because of that feeling, more do not do so. I am one of the guilty. I have great intentions, but get blogged down in my own world. Great reminder, keith.

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  132. I feel very much as you do, Keith...I feel much better when I give to others, than when I receive...and that includes emotionally as well as materially.
    When I stop and look around, there are so many people in real need. It is too easy to become wrapped up in our own lives and fail to notice that others have needs too.
    Oh I hope I am learning...
    Many thanks for a brilliant and thought-provoking post! :)

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  133. Keith, this is a beautiful quote. My son is 14 and I just a similar discussion about doing something for another person without expecting anything in return. Like you mentioned, even the smallest gesture could bring joy to someone's not so great day.

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  134. You and John Bunyan have it right...keep on being a dreamer and never apologize

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  135. Hi Keith, Your post describes perfectly how I feel about my volunteer work at one of our hospitals. I go into the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery to help nurses by holding little newborns when they are too busy and parents can't be there. The babies have health issues but are so sweet and so are the rewards. Thanks for sharing your blog ... it is one of my favorites.

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  136. When I think of this kind of giving I automatically think of my parents. How can I possibly give back everything they sacrificed and gave for me? I never can. Too often when we give something, we expect something of equal value in return. I think we rob ourselves of joy when we expect everything in life to be fair instead of seeing life as meant to be spent for the sake of others. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Also, thank you for following my blog! :)

    Dani xoxo
    a vapor in the wind

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    1. Great meditation! And so true. WE never know what small thing can make a difference in someone's life. And meanwhile, we feel better ourselves.

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  137. I'm sorry I replied on Dani's comment -- I got distracted and commented in the wrong square!. I meant that comment for your meditation of course; I hope she doesn't mind!

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  138. Hi Keith, it is nice to meet you! Thank you for becoming my newest follower on my blog and leaving a kind comment. I don't know how you found my blog...but glad you did. I just read through your last 7+ posts. You're a great writer and I love the things you have to say. You speak the truth with kindness and compassion. I agree that it feels good to give, especially when you don't expect anything in return. I like doing little things for people that hopefully brighten their day.

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  139. It's a very satisfying feeling to give... and the more you give the more you get in return.

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  140. It's always a nice feeling when you do something for someone and they really appreciate. it.

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  141. Thanks for commenting on my blog! I love the quote you talked about in this post. It is such a beautiful thing to give without expecting anything in return! And that's the beauty of the gospel. :) Great post!

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  142. A glow inside. I feel really good. Especially if my gift is welcome.

    Greetings from London.

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  143. Hello Keith!:) Thank you for your visit, and it's always a pleasurs to visit you. Giving, fills me with joy, and a pleasurable warmth, and actually makes me feel lighter, like walking on air. It's a great feeling to give.:) Have a wonderful weekend.:)

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  144. A warm and fuzzy feeling. I helped a lady recently in many different ways but mainly by giving support when she was anxious but I feel uncomfortable when thanked profusely.

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  145. That is one of the most meaningful quotations I've ever read. Thank you, Keith!

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  146. Thank you for the visit and follow. I tried following you but it couldn't link to my blogger profile. Only my gmail one and I don't understand how to rectify this. =(

    Jo
    Jo's Jumbled Jardinière

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  147. Giving without thought of receiving is the very best of feelings.

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  148. Keith giving is absolutely the best <3 <3 <3

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  149. very true, what a lovely post! x

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  150. Once in Walmart, the man ahead of me couldn't afford his groceries and his cab fair. He started to give things back to the checker. I told the checker to put it back on the cash out...I was paying.
    I don't know why I did it.
    But the man's thank you was enough for me.

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  151. You gave me joy and lightness of mind with your comment. Thank you. Small things can make a huge difference in people's daily mood & life.

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  152. Yes, giving is wonderful. Thanks for your kind words in my photo blog.

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  153. Wonderful post!
    Thank you for your visit and follow my blog!

    Best, Joana

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  154. To be giving without expecting anything in return is the true definition of altruism. :)

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  155. My best comfort, after my mother passed away, were memories of the times I made a generous comment to her. Her eyes just lit up with gratitude. And myself, how often I think of the perfectly placed compliment that kept me going during a difficult struggle. Words are powerful. You've inspired me to be more generous with mine - starting today!
    Also - I hope there was a happy outcome for the kitten in the picture you used. :( Heartbreaking. I'd take it home and make it my #7 if I could.

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  156. I agree wholeheartedly, 0.E. It's hard to describe the feeling but a person will always remember how pleased the person helped felt. Often a big boost just when it was needed. Thank you for putting this into words.
    I liked your article about 'past' hurts also. And thanks for peeking in on my 'duck'.
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  157. When you're right, you're right. Giving is crucial to happiness.

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  158. Hi! Nice quote! Thanks for sharing.

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  159. I love this pic... and the quote. Since we take care of the neighborhood feral cats, it's especially meaningful. As for your question as to how it feels to give - hard to find an appropriate word... maybe "happy" (like this is what it's all about?)

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  160. Oh wow...you are popular :)
    I am a teacher by trade and i know i made a difference everyday.
    And i am happy doing it.
    Thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  161. So agree and powerful photo ~

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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  162. “Doing something kind for another person can change their day, or in some cases, their life.” Quite true!

    I am a knitter. My most favorite thing is to knit something for someone. While I am making the hat or scarf I think about the person I am knitting it for. I picture them being warm and cozy. So that’s what I am giving warmth.

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  163. I love the image you chose to go with this. I agree. Some people don't realize how much you gain inside by giving.

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  164. Love the quote. I agree! We receive so much from giving especially to the one who cannot repay. That's character! I am Mary, your newest follower. Thank you for visiting me and the follow! Wishing you a good week.

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  165. I've always found it interesting how cheering someone else up actually cheers both of you up! It always makes me happy to see someone else happy, so whenever I'm feeling kind of down I try to do something kind for someone else who's also having a rough day, and it inevitably makes us both feel better.

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  166. Oh wow..I have never seen a blog with this many comments!! I was raised to know that giving back to the community is important..my husband also and now our daughter...the next generation..I have concerns about..Michelle

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  167. Can not agree with you on your post. Thank you so much for joining my photo blog. Please feel free to make any comments you wish there, and I hope you enjoy my photos.

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  168. warm and fuzzy.

    99% of the time my giving back is anonymous; the 1% is when I must reveal myself due to circumstances to the recipient.

    this saturday, the postal service is collecting food for the hungry; I shall be glad to contribute.

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  169. Giving is always a good feeling and giving to animals is really something special. I love the photo.

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  170. I love that quote, too. By giving, you really do experience a sense of joy, and in that respect you receive something beautiful.

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  171. Love your blog. Funny how your words came to me at a time when I needed to read them.

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  172. We see a lot of homeless people here on the north coast of California. We always try to do something nice for someone, whenever we're in town. It feels nice to be able to help even just a little bit. I think it goes a long way. Even a kind hello and a smile is warmth a lot of people don't get to have.

    Thank you so much for stopping by New Dharma Bums and leaving a comment. Loved hearing from you and much appreciated.

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  173. Giving gives back to me the joy of doing so. I especially like helping little children who need it and there are plenty of them in this world who could use love and understanding.

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  174. What a great post! By giving, you receive - I can totally relate to my kitties and myself. By giving them home, I've received a lot from them - love, smile, joy and so much more :-)
    Thank you for your visit. It's really great to meet you. Your blog is very inspirational!

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  175. I love giving to others. It makes my heart happy!

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  176. You have 1026 followers—when I sign on, it will be 1027—and 186 comments on this post alone! How do keep up with all those people, or do you? I’m at 260 followers, can’t begin to keep up with them, and consequently feel guilty because, to me, blogging isn’t so much about reaching a lot of people as it is having good friends, and there’s no way I can have 260 good friends. Of course, in all honesty, I know that some of those people aren’t even interested in me, but signed on basically so that I would follow their blogs (which I only do if their blogs interest me), and that some of them are even dead. I figure I could do justice to about 20 followers, but after that, I’m simply spread too thin.

    As to your post, it’s a good post with a good picture. Someone wrote in response to my post about cats that she prefers chickens because they can a least give back by laying eggs. I was shocked because she seemed to be saying that only riches (in the form of eggs in this instance) qualifies as worthwhile giving. To help the kitten in the photo would be to get back emotionally as much or more than the man could give physically to a neglected fellow creature. A life without giving is a life without meaning. The hard thing for me is that sometimes I don’ know how much of what I have to give is even wanted, and I will admit that most of what I give is small. For example, opening doors for people. Some say thank you, and others just walk past without any recognition. I opened a door for one man, and he wouldn’t go in. He waved me to go in, and I said, “Oh no, please, go ahead,” and he just stood there. I still wonder what was going through his mind. I do know that having someone open a door for me can give me quite a boost when I’m having a down day, but the person who did it would never know how much that one small, easy, almost inconsequential, act meant.

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  177. I would rather give than receive, 'cause it gives you a high to think that, just maybe, you've made a difference.

    I'm glad you visited my blog, A Nice Place In The Sun or I never would have found yours. You have great blog, Keith, and thanks again. :)

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  178. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and leading me back to yours. It is just the sort of blog I love to read.
    The Bunyan quote is one of my favorites, too. The photo couldn't be a better to express it. The world needs more doing and less talking.

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  179. Giving is a gift to yourself whether you realize it or not. Great post. Thank you!

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  180. If I can I'll borrow Sandy's comment above, adding giving calms me and gives me a sense of universal connection, I was raised to share, it is a powerful life tool. I've read through some of your past posts; outstanding.

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  181. Deeply beautiful and meaningful post! I love that quote too, very inspiring and so true!
    Victoria

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  182. So true.............beautiful quote.

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  183. Love the quote and your post is spot on. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Glad it reminds you of home.

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  184. Thank you for visiting me and commenting on my post. I am always moved by the above image and quote, and have used it, myself.

    Yes. THIS. This is what it is all about. Thank you for reminding us.
    ~McGuffy's Reader~

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    1. P.S. This is also why I have done animal rescue and advocacy for over 35 years.

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  185. It does give me joy to give. Even the tiniest of things. I enjoyed reading about you Keith - pretty special guy. I'll be back and thank you for you comment and visit.

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  186. I agree with you that giving is wonderful !!
    Greetings

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  187. Giving is kindness my friend even if one doesn't receive anything in return, what matters, is we gave.

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  188. The organization for which I work is wholly focused on its associates giving back. At first, yes, there was some eye-rolling going on ... but you're right, it feels SO GOOD!
    I look forward to sharing this post with others at our daily line-up.

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