In Others’ Words: The Joy of Losing
There’s certainly something to be said about receiving and the kind of joy it brings. Receiving a gift. A compliment. A raise. Unexpected good news.
But there’s also a special kind of joy that comes with giving away. Giving away some of your time to someone else who needs your help. Sometimes you might give away money — because you have extra and someone else has less. Anything you have that someone else needs: compassion, your talent for sewing or cooking or organizing or building. Or maybe you give away some prized possession you love because you know someone else will love it just as much as you do … or maybe even a little bit more.
How often do we think of giving away something as decreasing what we have? As losing? Instead, it’s the most miraculous form of multiplying joy.
In Your Words: When has losing equaled gaining for you? When has someone given something to you and multiplied your joy?
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