Joining the Five Minute Friday crew once again over at Heading Home. I love the simplicity of this writing “assignment” each week! And I love the supportive group of writers who participate! So, here’s to Five Minute Friday!
The prompt this week is: “Sharing”
Sharing has a lot of different meanings. There is the traditional notion of giving to others some of what you have, but there is also the idea of “show and tell” or sharing of information. I think both are important. We have a tendency to think of sharing as either based in generosity (giving with no expectation of receiving back) or in reciprocal benefits (expecting of receiving something equal or better in return). But, in reality, we often share things not out of an expectation of receiving something back from the other person but because of the feeling we get when we give. I believe that, too, is a gift. But, instead of being a gift from the person to whom we are giving something, it is a gift given us at birth. It is a gift from our Creator that has made gift-giving innate in us. Some may ignore it or even resist it, but it is there. We take joy from very early ages in giving to others and seeing their gratitude or their joy. And as long as we are not discouraged by others who use our gifts against us or uses us for our gifts, we will continue to be givers who take joy in that giving. You can see it all around us in the incredible gifts that humans give each other. I see it, each and every day, in my daughter. Someone gave us a gift without even knowing us. A gift of a heart. And I hope that they can take some comfort in knowing that they gave a gift. It is who we were made to be – givers of gifts who take joy and comfort in that giving. So thankful. And looking for ways to give.