Giving before Getting
As the weather warms, and the days get longer, the doorbell rings more frequently around dinner time. Sure they’re all good causes. But each one is asking us to give. What if somebody rang our doorbell this spring and instead of asking for a donation, offered to help out with something. That would be odd wouldn’t it? We always expect when someone comes to our door they will be asking for some sort of assistance. What if for once that wasn’t the case. We can start the change process. Instead of coming to the door with a sale in mind how about if we came with the sole purpose of giving someone, a neighbor maybe, something rather than trying to sell them something. Wouldn’t that be interesting.
1. What if we offered to just help out. Offered to help a neighbor by raking the leaves, mowing their lawn, or washing the car just to help them out.
2. What if we left that person with a positive thought. What if we just said “Hi” and let them know we’re right down the block if they need anything.
3. What if we thanked that person for being a good neighbor. Did they shovel our walk or bring in your paper when we were out of town. Let them know we appreciate them being a concerned neighbor.
4. What if we asked them what would help them out today. People always hesitate, but a simple inquiry might reveal something our neighbor needs assistance with today.
5. What if we left without asking for something in return. People always wait for that request for something in return. How about for once, leave without asking for anything in return.
6. What if we gave someone something of value. Dropped off some cookies, a pie, flowers or baked bread. Something just to brighten up their day.
7. What if we just gave them a smile and said “Have a nice day”. When we’re out walking just be friendly. No need to get into a detailed conversation about our problems.
What if we decided to give something without asking to get something in return. Wouldn’t that be refreshing and different. And maybe sometime in the future others would return the favor. What if . . . .