I love to give and there is nothing that I love to give more than gifts that empower the recipients and give them the means to create MORE from the gift. There is nothing that does that better for a family than a gift that nourishes and also generates income for the family to support themselves. It's the gift of pure empowerment, self esteem and sustainability.
My favorite way to give this empowerment and sustainability is to give livestock to a family unable to afford food or provide for it's members. For years I've given chickens. I LOVE to give chickens, it feels SO WONDERFUL! I celebrate after each chicken donation. But for as long as I've given chickens, I've always longed to give a goat. I've rationalized the chickens were a better investment, reasoning that 4 or 6 chickens produce a lot of eggs which can be eaten by the family and also sold to raise money for other supplies for the family. Add a rooster and chicks can be raised multiplying the gift. Powerfully reasoning right? Yes, it felt mighty good to give chickens.
But every time I gave them, I looked longingly at that adorable goat feeling I'd really like to give a goat. Each and every time I chose the chickens feeling they offered more options.
Well the other day I received a card in the mail and what was it about? The amazing blessing that giving the gift of a goat was to a family in need! I felt this joyful energy build inside of me as I read it and I declared out loud, "I'm going to give a goat!!"
I raced to the computer and went to the giving website, paused for a moment as the chickens stared me in the face and my mind kicked in with the rationalizations, but I pushed through, resolving to give the goat. And I did! I gave a goat! ... and something amazing happened... the joy I felt rushing through me was indescribable! I mean happy-tears-of-celebration type joy! No chicken gift EVER felt anywhere this delicious. The joy of giving a goat was off the charts wonderful! I danced around in joy, bursting with happiness, moved to tears by the sheer joy of having given a goat. WOW!
Had I known that the feeling of giving a goat was 100 times more powerful than the feeling of giving the chickens, I would have given a goat long ago. I received a powerful teaching that day in the giving of the goat. It was, listen to your heart, it always knows the way to your highest joy. My mind had been the one choosing the chickens and I followed it's logic, overriding the heart's desire to give the gift of the goat. In doing so, I was robbing myself of an amazing experience.
May you always choose to listen to your heart, because knowing the path to your highest joy, it feels 100 times more incredible than listening to your mind!
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