When I came up with the idea for GiveBig, I wanted to give more than I thought was possible. Give in a big way and see what happens as a result. Last month's check for $1000 felt amazing to write. I will definitely be doing that again, especially for a person I believe in as much as I do Jeanie.
This month I wanted something different.
GiveBig can be about time too, so I gave away my Monday.
A few days before I put the entire day up for grabs to my mailing list, on Twitter and Facebook to help make someone's day special.
More important, I would spend my day helping people feel special. I provided fun suggestions to get the ball rolling.
A couple people replied that it was a good idea, but no requests. I started to get worried.
Then something happened. Just like it always does if I can hold off the worry long enough to let it.
"You're right on time," I said, and they were.
I spent my Monday sending words of encouragement via text, DM and email. I spent it giving pep talks to several friends who I believe in, and having lunch with two more. Each time I listened for and asked what they needed and gave it generously. And as I laid down at 10pm, spent from a day of giving, I sent healing reiki energy to two more people, one whom I don't even know.
What did I learn?
- Believe. If I listened to the what if thoughts that plagued me on Friday night, I would have never had an amazing Monday. Trust your instincts. I can't remind myself (or you) enough.
- It's not only about giving. One friend tentatively asked for a pep talk, and warned: "I'm not good at receiving." GiveBig works if you accept what's given with open arms. A lot of people believe in you. I was just the one saying it yesterday. Please believe it.
- The avalanche. I should have saw this coming, but when it hit I was blindsided. Giving big is contagious. After her pep talk, Joy must have passed it along to half of Baltimore.
That's what I asked from each recipient. If you received something from my GiveBig that you will pass along that same generosity to someone else you care about. A pep talk, words of encouragement, a hug like-you-mean-it.
Thank you for receiving openly, and giving in return generously. It means so much.