On Tuesday night we had a quick bowl of yummy Fried Rice made with some left over sausages and whatever veggies were in the fridge before heading off to drop Allan at Darts and I carried on to visit a good friend back in our old hood Kelmscott.
Since being diagnosed with Breast Cancer, I have been thoroughly spoilt. Friends keep bringing me flowers and giving me gifts. I feel like a fraud, since I feel so well, and not at all like I deserve this special treatment. One of my dearest friends is the worst. When I say worst I mean best. This friend has taught me so much about the art of giving over our twenty odd year friendship. Her and her families generosity has always blown me away. I called in for coffee and a chat and left with two pairs of new Lightfoot thongs which she had ordered for me before Christmas and which had only arrived recently. They have arch supports and mould to your foot, very comfortable. She also gave me some beautiful Christmas pieces from the Pottery Barn which she bought for herself as well as me. I often leave her house loaded with goodies, I am almost embarrassed to say I am calling in. There is no way, I can ever give back to her all she has given and done for us over the years, and we are not meant to. It is a pay it forward type of thing. Having someone treat you with such a generous spirit, sparks generosity in us, and we can in turn pass the giving along to someone else.
Continuing with my reorganising week, the pretty boxes with their floral pattern that the shoes came in were the perfect fit in my draw to coral all my lingerie that previously were strewn everywhere. After sorting I ended up with two neat boxes of culled unmentionables and found some I had completely forgotten about. Really if you can’t see it, you never wear it. Consequently, everything possible is hanging up now, so that I know exactly what I have got.
Turns out there is scientific reasons, why giving is good for you. Most of us would have experienced the Bible truth that ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive’ It feels much better to give someone $200 than to be the recipient of $200 if your life has taken a downward turn financially. There is actually scientific fact to back this up. When we give, whether it be our money, possessions or volunteer our time for a good cause, it actually releases endorphins which trigger the pleasure centre of our brain. We actually get a feeling of well being, they call it the ‘helpers high’. Our blood pressure can go down, and it turns out is good for our heart, literally.
Our bodies are built to enjoy giving. Try it this week. Give something to someone, bake them a cake, make them a meal or clean their car, for no reason other than you want to do something nice. You will be surprised how good you feel afterwards.
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