Many years ago I read a tiny, little, book that I thought made a lot of sense to me. This book was called, Die Broke. This little book is in alignment with the title of this blog, Giving While Living. According to this little book, Die Broke too many people are hoarding all their “stuff” and then trying to say that they’ll eventually pass it on to their offspring someday and then their children will be happy.
Dan Blanchard award-winning author, speaker and educator
HAPPY! If you want them to be HAPPY then make them HAPPY right now. The only thing hoarding with the promise of “someday” will do is to encourage bickering, competition, and in-fighting for all of your “stuff”and will usually end with everyone being unhappy.
Now I know this “stuff” that I just mentioned above is important, but I don’t want to force us in to a tiny box on this whole Giving While Living concept. You see this Giving While Living is a loaded term bursting with benefits for all of us. It doensn’t consist of only a-way-down-the-road inheritance. It could be something as simple as a helping hand, a word of encouragement, or even a smile that you’re giving away in order to make living better in this world for all of us right now. Don’t wait for later. It might be too late.
In addition, many successful people believe that you never truly start living until you are giving. Material objects can only bring one a limited amount of joy, and once past that threshhold further material things will only cause a decline in one’s happiness and joy.
In contrast, though, your giving lives beyond your life and can positively affect many generations to come. For example, some narrow-minded people snicker when they boldly declare that teachers don’t make BIG money. However, these very same people fail to notice that teachers do make a BIG difference in the life of our youth and future generations. Any single child positively affected by a caring adult may someday grow into an adult that could somehow change this world for the better. ..
So go ahead and try this giving thing. Give in whatever way you can. It really doesn’t matter how much or what you give. What really matters is the act of giving. Get in the groove of giving and subsequently you may find your living elevated to the next level. Do what I’m telling you and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Then, and only then, will you sense how alive you feel and wonder why you didn’t do this sooner.
Now please share with the rest of us how you plan to use the Secret of Success of Giving While Living!
Parent, Educator, Author
Dan Blanchard the Award Winning Author and Speaker, two-time Junior Olympian Wrestler, and two-time Junior Olympian Wrestling Coach who grew up as a student-athlete. Dan admits that as a youth he was more of an athlete than a student. Since then, Dan has successfully completed twelve years of college and has earned seven degrees. He teaches Social Studies in Connecticut’s largest inner-city high school. In addition, Dan is a Teacher Consultant for the University of Connecticut’s Connecticut Writing Project. He was chosen by the American Federation of Teachers as their face and voice of educational reform.
Dan has authored the two dynamic teen leadership books, Feeling Lucky? and Feeling Good. His third book of the Granddaddy’s Secrets series, Feeling Strong! will be out next winter. As an educator, coach, author, and speaker Dan feels that it is his duty to positively influence our youth every chance that he gets! He lives with his wife, Jennifer, their five children, and family dog, Daisy.