There is a story of a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it.The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbours. “How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbours when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.
“Why sir,” said the farmer, “didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbours grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbours grow good corn.”
The farmer is obviously aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbour’s corn also improves.
The lesson for each of us is this: if we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbours grow good corn. For the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.[i]
For me this story illustrates the relationship between giving and getting. It’s an example of how, when we focus on authentically giving to others we receive in kind. In other words we attract abudance by giving authenticaly.
The key word here is ‘authentic’.
In a world where there are plenty of examples of a ‘me first’ mentality, giving to get feels like the accepted norm.
When we truly understand the connectivity of all life and live from that place we don’t give to get. Giving authentically to someone else means disengaging from our own story in order to hear, respect and acknowledge theirs.
When we give from the heart we realize that whatever we give to someone else we also give to ourselves.
When we shift our perspective from a ‘me’ to a ‘we’ mentality, abundance simply flows naturally to us all. We attract abundance by authentically giving.
The following questions assists when reflecting on the nature of our giving:
From what place does my giving mostly flow?
Am I giving what is easiest or what is needed?
Whose need am I fulfilling with this giving?
Generosity is a movement of the soul that erupts when you are pierced by the recognition of your direct connection to another soul. Dr. Alan Morinis
What do you think about the nature of authentic giving and abundance?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Until the next time, take care.
[i] James Bender (1994), How to Talk Well McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York