You are probably familiar with the phrase “It is better to give than receive” .
It’s 100% true. I love giving (I’ve even heard that I’m a ‘foolish giver’). I love seeing people in need (or not) light up when you give them a gift (small or big, it is not of importance). My theory, what I have isn’t mine in the first place so it is easier to give and bless others.
The other day, I was walking to the fresh market and walked through a car wash and asked the people working there “How are you?”. Most replied with “good or fine” but one jokingly replied “I’m hungry”.
I end up at the market, and get what I needed and also got some fried bananas. I walk back, and cut through the car wash again and gave them the bananas. They look at me oddly as if they were asking “Why is this white woman giving me food?” and I simply reply in Thai “You said you were hungry, so I got you some food.”
Their expressions were priceless! They first discovered that I can speak more than the 5 basic phrases in Thai and laughed, but my favorite was a friendship was born.
Now every time I venture to the market, I get them a snack. I deliver it, and now they have a snack to hand back!
It is silly, fun and one of the highlights in my day! I enjoy sitting with them, and getting to know about their day, their families and their dreams.
This morning I was munching on one of the snacks they gave me and said “This tastes so sweet”. I began to ponder why and came to the conclusion that things are ‘sweeter’ when you receive them from someone else than it is when you get it yourself.
I could have easily gotten the fruit they gave me on my own, but it wouldn’t have that story behind it. It wouldn’t be as sweet.
When I was working as an engineer, making large amounts of money; that money wasn’t as meaningful as to have someone believe in who I am and what I am doing.
So a big THANK YOU to everyone who has given to me! I am truly blessed because of you! May you keep on giving, because it only not only blesses you and the receiver, but it makes the world just that much sweeter!