The Giving Experiment
May I start this article by saying that I love each and everyone of you, your opinions, your thoughts, your differences and your similarities.
I am a man of God but this isn’t about conversion or angle.
It’s a thought that my creator wishes for me to share, in other words I feel compelled by a force and love much larger and boundless than myself.
Pointing out the negaitve that is present in order to overcome it is far to easy. Its far to easy for us to condemn, to criticise to try and create a solution to make right. This is not where this story starts, this starts with the positive, with the miracles, with good that is already present.
[The Good that, like you have heard countless times, is present within you. Inside you. Coming up with solutuions for problems may block the ability to see this good in yourslef and others. Or it may not, I can not speak for anyone outside myself. Its up to you think over that, anyway this is not the point or purpose of the writting here]
After years as a human being on this planet its clear many many of us like to search, discover, achieve, gain and learn. Its what we humans do best, and we have become the most successful and fastest evovling beings in the known universe, made more beautiful by the comparable slowness of the universes own rate of change.
So what of wanting happiness?
Self help is one thing I’ve observed as being very popular. There are almost infinite diet plans and DIY self help Dvds, books, tv shows and seminars. Wanting the best for ones self, ones family and friends. But what about when getting to work on time results in inpatient commuting, wishing bad things to those who appear to stand in your way? Does the justification of needing the job free you from the harm you wish?
Can I share an insight: We in front of God are all brothers and sisters, we are all sharing this same life together, showing anything apart from love to each other is pointless and when we leave this world as we all will, love is the only thing that will remain.
So I have planned an experiment for myself to do, a 30 day Giving Experiment. Styled like a self help plan of some kind, tongue in cheek. But the message is clear.
To give in every possible circumstance;
Complementing your partner, hugging, kissing.
Letting other roads users out of junctions,
Showing appreciation to anyone and everyone you meet, even (especially) for being who they are.
Serving others in someway.
Swallowing pride, allow yourslef to serve; Its not weakness but eternal strength.
Tell those you love that you love them.
Give to the point that you beleive you will suffer, and see where that leads to.
I’m not one hundred percent sure what the outcome is to be, but this thought has come to me in a very clear and powerful manner. Taking the emphasis of ones self and placing focus and energy towards others is the aim. Not giving in order to receive, but giving to give.
I would be overwhelmed if even one other beautiful person would join me in this plan. (its not my plan, its nothing new, its as old as we are but I want to give)
You know what’s kind of crazy? I started doing this about a week ago, treating everyone I come into contact with as if they were family. I haven’t watched tv, played video games, or have been on my phone unless it’s to read, take pictures or contact someone. It has been the best week of my entire life so far. I’ve been in relationships before but I never hit on anyone (21/m here). First one I hit on is gorgeous and taller than me, didn’t even have to ask for her #, she just gave it to me. I even reconnected with past enemies who suddenly reappeared in my life. Not only that, the things I’ve been searching for just came straight to me one morning within my first minute of waking up. For once, my life actually has purpose. I was just on a constant happy streak for 6 days.. Our full range of emotions are meant to be experienced, so feeling like poop had to come sometime to balance it out. But overall I still feel awesome. Your plan really works. Give love to everyone you meet, they are all human beings with dreams, hopes, problems, etc too. :)
@electricfeel, Beautiful words man, yes it sounds crazy but Its wonderful that you started to do this and you feel purpose in your life, keep it up and God bless man, I appreciate the inspiration. And thankyou to those others who have commented also, I will record my experiences as they unfold.
Each day there will be an aim,
Day 1: Give at every opportunity, smile. The next 29days will be exactly the same, simple :)