To give without expectation was a lesson that I learned from Dr Wayne Dyer, it was the lesson from Dr Wayne Dyer that I took most to heart. So this blog post will be a bit different and I will be telling how it personally affected my life. Giving without expectation changes you in unexpected ways. But your experiences will be varied as you practice giving.
Last week I posted about Edwarda O’Bara and her mother who took care of her until she passed away. She would never have been able to care for her daughter in the later years without the kindness and giving of others including Dr Wayne Dyer who gave his talents to write a book detailing Edwarda and Kaye’s story. He gave them the rights to the book so that they may have the money to survive on. Another story that he told was of a man in Hawaii who broke his neck and held a fundraiser to get the money for surgery after reaching his goal he gave ten percent to the O’Bara’s. He shared the wealth because it was the right thing.
In my own life I was inspired to give. During a food drive at the school I attended, there were two students who gave over a hundred dollars in food to the local food bank. I was one of them. At the time i was working and had a bit of money saved up so it seemed simple at the time. Giving made me feel good and about six months later I paid cash for a car. Now these things may not have been connected, but I felt wonderful about things, giving gave me a sense of peace.
A few years later was a time in my life when I was down and out and still I felt it was important to give. At the time I had no job and my friends at the time left me when it seemed that I needed them the most. It was a time when I was looking for hope so I found myself in the parking lot of a big box store after rehearsals for a play when a young lady came up and asked if I had any money she was stuck in town and needed some gas money to get out of town. Was she really going to spend it on gas to get home? That didn’t matter according to Wayne Dyer, when you give, give without expectation. Give because it is the right thing to do. On the way home I wept thinking about it and how giving when I had little gave me hope.
So, what should you give and how much? Some people say that ten percent of your income is a good thing to share, some tithe that. But you should give what you can and help as you can. Give your most favorite and best set of clothing or anything else that you have to strong attachment to or give what you can. The importance is that you are giving even if you have little. What you are doing is making a difference in the world and in your own life. By giving without expectation you are freeing yourself. Just go out and give already!