Many of us do give, old clothes, and unwanted to things. Some of us even donate money or help others, but the underlying thought is this is my investment for a future need, or this ensures my place in heaven. One thing I have realized whenever I have given for sheer pleasure of giving I have gained more.
When I was at the Landmark Education forum one thing that came across loud and clear was I was reluctant to let people into my space. I would share a confidence, let someone cry on my shoulder , but my own feeling no thank you.
Thanking people was also mechanical almost a response to stimuli, I wonder if it reached my voice.
The forum made me realize inflow as important as inflow. Of course the trained spontaneous polite thank you still emerges, but I started keeping a book of gratitude, this helps me thank God for small mercies in my life.
I then made a list of people who I would like in my life and sent them e-cards. I actually called some people up. Those of you, who know me, know what a challenge it is for me to make that call.
I made the Goddess of sringeri my partner and put aside a % of my earnings to an account for her. I hand out my charities from it. At the end of the year it goes into the charity box at the Sringeri temple.
I give away my old clothes and newspaper to the recycle along with all those conferences bags that we never use.
If nothing I feel lighter.