Giving Back Two Sides of the Same Coin
It’s been a while.
Thanks for waiting for me.
I’ve been helping my husband start his new business AT HOME.
With all that was going on with our country, we finally made the transition we have wanted to for some time. He has a mentor he is working with and I’m back to work in mine.
I LOVE what I do! Some days are even better that others. Yesterday was one of those days.
I signed another new personal mentoring client. As I was getting ready to write out the tithing check to our church, I received a text from the young man that use to live in my basement with his family through AirBNB.
I had him mow the lawn and do yard work so he would have some pocket change and to help him pay for his football fees in high school.
It’s been a few years since I spoke with him and was delighted to hear from him yesterday. In his text to me, he reminded me of who he was and apologized for contacting me out of the blue. He went on to tell me he had a three-month-old little boy and that he and his wife were struggling. He then asked me a question that I know was extremely difficult for him to ask.
“Can you possibly loan me $60 until I get paid in two weeks? If you can it’s greatly appreciated but if not, still greatly appreciated. I hope you and your family are doing well.”
In that moment, I knew what my mom had felt years ago when I was struggling and she had the money to help me.
She had come over to visit me and her granddaughter and as she was leaving, she tried to hand me $20.
I refused it.
She flashed right to intense anger. Something my mom never did. Then she stuck her finger in my face and said, “How dare you! How Dare You! I’ve worked hard to have extra money so I could help others and you smack my hand. HOW DARE YOU rob me of the joy I now deserve in helping those I love and care about.”
I had never thought of it that way before. There has to be a receiver to have a giver. That day I received. Today, I’m the giver and it feels so good!
I sent my former lawn mower some money through Venmo and today I’m putting a check in the mail with a letter letting him know it’s a gift NOT a loan.
All is right with my world today. It feels so incredible to do good in my business so I can do good with my life.
How can you be a giver or a receiver today?
It feels so good to be back sharing my stories and thoughts with you. Thank you for being part of my extended family. I’ve missed you.
Have a beautiful day, My Friend.
Love and hugs to you in this New Year,