Jewish Journal


February 7, 2012

The Truth About Giving


Giving is part of our lives. We give our work, our hearts, intellect, advice, money, gifts, time… the list goes on. Learning why we give, can give us insight into ourselves and help us grow. Be careful not to miss forms of giving that you may not be attuned to, such as giving the right to someone to speak a certain way or giving your employee a day off when you know you need them. Many times you may find that you are giving out of fear, a desire to control or manipulate, or out of desperation.

Ask yourself before you give:
1. Why am I giving?
2. And am I giving or giving back?

A good rule to implement in most cases is to not give unless you are giving back. There is a reason why charitable organizations market that term “give back this holiday season.” It is because you shouldn’t be giving if you don’t have any for yourself first. Whatever it may be - time, love, money, charity, intellect. Like they instruct during emergency procedures, you must take care of your own needs before you can save another.

Be cognizant of how this may apply in your work environment. As a business-owner you should ensure your company is taken care of before the needs of your staff or customers. Without the company you wouldn’t be able to provide a job to your staff or a service to your customer.

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