The Power of Giving

Drop the pebble.
May 2, 2024
Jen Veatch, Chief Executive Officer
The Power of Giving

The dictionary declares it as a verb, “to freely transfer the possession of something to someone.” Whether it’s your time, a check or your heart, it requires a voluntary, intentional decision to act because someone needs you. It’s wrapped in kindness, laced with compassion and, at its very core, the seed of unselfish love. Regardless of if you are acting or receiving, its properties can launch the most fractured heart into a state of mending. What is this powerful verb? It’s the act of giving.

Giving from the heart provides a joyful, soul-nourishing balm that’s far more valuable than the gift itself. Giving is kindness in motion, a true north that keeps us on track to our authentic selves. And when we give, when we truly give without expecting anything in return, it can generate a ripple effect that expands beyond our wildest imagination. Be the one to give, because someone is waiting on you.

Kelli Harding, MD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons writes, “We humans are innately social creatures, and our brains are constantly mirroring one another’s emotions. When it comes to giving, we’re hardwired for reciprocity. Even a small gift, like a cookie, activates our desire to respond in kindness. What’s so lovely about giving is your kindness can inspire others to be kind, too.”

Whether volunteering at an organization or donating to a charity, whether giving someone a card or simply giving someone your full attention, giving comes in infinite forms and every form has purpose. For it’s the act of giving that breathes life and strengthens the fabric of our joy foundation. It’s compassionate giving that says, “you are worthy.” It’s the open hand that inspires community and it’s the gentle whisper that conveys that “you are seen.” Most of all, giving takes us out of ourselves and into another’s atmosphere where a smile alone can change the trajectory of someone’s life. Be the one to give, because someone is depending on you.

Elle Sommer says, “You can never know the ripple effect you create with one tiny gesture of kindness.” If each of us would pick up a pebble and drop it into a pond, it would create a ripple that expands over the surface and moves all of the water just a little bit. Be the one to drop the pebble, because the world needs you.   

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