On giving and receiving

I have come to fully realize the truth in the sayings that if something is given to us, we will never fully appreciate it and that anything in life worth having is worth working for.

It’s when we set a goal and put our own blood, sweat and tears into it, then accomplish it, that we truly appreciate it.

Without the discipline and difficult work, the ups and downs and sacrifices made, the victory just isn’t as sweet.

This blog is fairly new but I’m really trying to get it off the ground. I’m entering a new phase of my life where I’m ready for this challenge. I want to put something new and different out there while using my creativity. What I write will always come from my heart. I’m telling my stories here and sharing lessons learned along the way. Even if it doesn’t reach someone now, who knows, maybe a kind word of encouragement could help someone 20 years from now. That’s the joy of the internet.

One day I’ll be able to look back and say, “I did that” and be so proud of what I accomplished. If, for nothing else, that I was able to speak my truth and share a little bit of my life.

Without knowing you personally, I am certain we have at least one thing in common. We all have goals. The message here is to never give up on your goals. Setbacks can be part of the process. It’s only going to be that much sweeter when you succeed. Things might be going slower than you would like. You may have peaks and valleys along the way but it’s important to keep your eye on the prize.

I’ve been thinking about the Francis of Assisi quote, “it is in giving that we receive,” in two different ways.

As a nurse, I’ve known this to be true in that whatever loving care I give my patients, I receive a gift that is so much more. Getting to know people, being a part of their journey to health and life gives me such joy and satisfaction. It gives me purpose. It gives me hope. I’m more grateful for my own health as a result. I’m more grateful for life itself. Whatever small thing I can do for them is nothing compared to what I receive.

Beyond that, I think this statement could also mean that when we give our all to accomplish a goal we will receive it. It is in the giving of our hard work, dedication and passionate commitment that we will receive our true reward. The gift is not only the accomplished goal (successful career, good health, loving relationships or whatever your personal goal may be) but the sense of accomplishment that fulfilling the goal brings. To me, that is the greater gift. What we give of ourselves, our time and effort will be matched in reward. I really do believe that. Look for the gifts along the way. They will be there. Maybe not in expected ways. Maybe you’ll receive something even greater than your original goal. You may receive something else you didn’t even realize you needed.

I want to say I really appreciate those of you who are following along. I’d like to get to know you too so please don’t be shy in the comments.

This blog is one goal I’m so excited for. I hope to put out interesting, thought-provoking content. I hope to reach people on a personal level with my posts and personal stories. I love giving “food for thought” and raising questions one may not normally ask themselves on a regular basis.

Thank you so much for reading. I appreciate you!

May you be happy and well. I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season of giving and receiving!

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