“My father said there were two kinds of people in the world. Givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.”
‘Givers’ and ‘Takers’
This quote is by actress Marlo Thomas, the daughter of Danny Thomas. Who was an actor and the founder of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes. And St. Jude’s Hospital takes all children, with their families NEVER seeing a bill for care, housing or food, because St. Jude’s believes all the family should worry about is helping their child to live.
I remember when I was 9 or 10 doing a fundraiser, through school I am guessing, for this hospital and it just stuck in me. I have always loved Danny Thomas since then. And I am sure I didn’t even know the whole story as I do now. But I think I could sense the goodness and the rightness in it all. I would say the Thomas’s are definitely ‘givers’!
We all know some ‘takers’ in our lives. They take without regret and give nothing back. They take as though they are entitled to take. I pity them, as they haven’t experienced the immensely wonderful feeling of giving and all that goes with it.
Life is meant to flow; energy is meant to circulate. Like a convection current where heat rises, cools and then falls back down, only to be heated and rise again. When you’re a ‘giver’ you experience a similar current, a similar flow. It almost becomes self-propagating.
When you’re a ‘taker’ you do not, the energy stops with you, there is no ‘paying it forward.’ One day they will see, I am sure of it. Once you get a taste of truly selfless giving you really can’t go back!