The Gift of You


“Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted.”
Garrison Keillor

Now, let me say this right up front. What I am about to suggest to you is very powerful, so only do this if you are going to do it with a sincere motive of giving.

Having said that, I have noticed that when people do a kindness for one of my children, especially if it has to do with helping them to move forward in their lives, towards their dreams, I never forget it. And those people have a special place in my heart forever.

I like it when people do me a favor, but when they do something for one of my kids–that’s to the moon! It completely and permanently elevates that person in my heart and mind. It doesn’t have to be mentoring, it can be a conversation, an introduction or a recommendation that helps them move forward.

And I have noticed that it works in reverse too. When I have done something to help someone else’s child, his or her parents view me differently as well.

The reality is that this is simple to do. All you have to do is ask your friends or business associates about their favorite topic, their children and their grandchildren. They will tell you all about them, and you will see pretty quickly if there is something you can do for them to help them on their way.

I like doing this. It’s fun, and it’s satisfying. And if they ever do a remake of It’s a Wonderful Life featuring you, such a moment would definitely be included.

And isn’t that why we are here in the first place, to help one another and our kids? So, this week when you are out there, ask. You will be amazed at the difference you can make, in their lives, and in yours.

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