Giving without expectation of reward

I’ve been challenged over recent months to give more back to the community. One way that I contribute is through my blog and making the most of my opportunity to talk to patients, but I have been feeling the urge to get out amongst it. My desire to get my hands dirty may have been sparked by the generosity and community spirit I witnessed during the recent floods that hit Australia. We all felt the impact. The way Australians come together to build a stronger unit is something we can all be very proud of.

I’ve long been of the belief that if we give, we receive. This doesn’t have to necessarily be a monetary thing (although since I’m doing Feb Fast – do feel free to sponsor me), there are so many ways we can contribute to the greater good. The best way to practice generosity is to give energy where you can, and where there is a need. As I was searching for some ways to express this idea, I came across one kind which sums it up beautifully give without expectation of anything in return, and what comes back will astound you.

What a lovely way to live! I’m adopting this idea – starting now.

So here is what I’m into at the moment:
Feb Fast 
As you would have already seen – I’m doing Feb Fast. I want to use this opportunity to educate and share my experience over the next month – specifically focusing on fertility and the effects alcohol has on our health.

Run for Kids 
I’m going to run. I’m really excited about this for many reasons. I get to train for a purpose other than for me – I know that exercise is so vital to my overall health but exercising with a goal is even more rewarding. Plus, I’m raising money for the Royal Childrens Hospital (RCH). What a wonderful organisation. When my best friend’s little boy was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, suddenly I had a new found appreciation for RCH. This is something that is very close to my heart . I run, I raise money, I get fit and I have fun! It is a win/win situation.
We have a team – team Pagoda Tree. Feel free to join us – the password is pagoda.

Dare to Dream : Dream to Dance
This is a youth project taking place in the western suburbs of Melbourne – kind of like a ‘so you think you can dance-esque’ event. They are looking for volunteers and professionals who may be able to give them time and skills. I’m spreading the word with this one. Perhaps you know somebody who might be able to give their time to this youth event?

Giving is rewarding. It’s also good for your mind – and when our mind is healthy, we are healthier on the whole. Our body benefits, creating a fertile body, heart and soul.

I really encourage you to practice random acts of kindness without expectation of reward.

Sometime soon something awesome will come back to you.

1 Comment

  • February 2, 2011 By Bree 10:32 am

    Love your generosity, Nat! And totally agree with you re: if we give, we receive. I've just finished reading Dr John Demartini's 'Count Your Blessings' which basically says the same thing. Awesome book! Good luck with your running and Feb fast!

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