This week’s theme for the Writing Workshop is not an easy one, I think. There are so many aspects to “giving”, where to start? We have all given gifts and money, as well as time, love, attention and sympathy.

In the end I decided to write about giving to… yourself. Perhaps not quite in keeping with what Josie had in mind, and certainly not with ActionAid and the tremendous work they do, but I felt it had to be said.

I believe that allowing time and space to yourself makes you a finer person. Finding out who you truly are, nurturing your soul and heart and recharging your batteries helps you give more and better. It centres you on what really is important in life and enables you to give others your full attention.

We lead busy lives that encompass a lot of people, information, thoughts and tasks. It is therefore easy to be engulfed by all of this and never stop. What a shame. As little as ten minutes a day to visit your inner self can make all the difference. Try it, and you might be surprised at how it changes the way you give.

17 thoughts on “Giving”

  1. So true. I used to help moderate discussion boards for expecting and new mothers. The number of new mums that nearly drive themselves bonkers being a mum 24/7 with no break at all was unbelievable. If you told them to have a break, they said they couldn’t and came up with a million reasons why not – largely that they thought it was their job to be at their baby’s beck and call, and if they took a break, they were failing as a mother. I lost count of the times that I told them that having a break was fine and that it would make them better able to cope. Even if it was just to sit down and do something for you when the baby has a sleep, instead of trying to get the housework done, it all helps.

    Me time when I was a new mother really was my safety valve. I know I wouldn’t have been able to cope without it.

    1. Thank you for this great comment. I used to nap when my girls were babies and the night had been difficult instead on catching up on chores, or just sit down and relax, and it did help a lot.

  2. I really really like what you have said here. It made me think about how much time and space I give myself and I came to the realisation that it’s probably not enough. Thank you for writing something that really made me think about my own life and what I can do to improve it in some small way 🙂 x

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment. This writing workshop subject came at the right time as I too used not to take enough time and space for myself. This is all changing now… 😉

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