There are many different ways in which we can make a gift. We can contribute to various non-profits that are aligned with our philosophical bents such as environmental or spiritual organizations. We can make gifts to family members or friends. Quite often we don’t know what to give especially when it’s expected of us.

We hope that when the gift is received that it is appreciated. In some cases we do have an expectation that the gift will not only be appreciated but reciprocated. When our giving isn’t acknowledged in the manner that we expected we hold back the next time. Our giving was conditional on mutuality. That is the manner of giving that we are most familiar with.

Our giving was conditional and what did we really gain by making it conditional. Let’s take it a step further. What if our natural state of being is to be generous in spirit.

We rejoice in giving because it makes someone happy. And in doing so we are really making a gift to ourself.

Perhaps the most meaningful gift is to be generous in spirit. But how can we do that when we live in a competetive world when results are quite often valued more highly than relationships.

You can start by greeting everyone you meet with a big warm smile. It takes effort initially but soon it becomes a habit.

You are the gift. Be the best you, you can be.



Mark Susnow, is an executive & life coach and thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. His enthusiastic and inspiring keynotes on change, leadership and connection thoroughly convey this message to his audiences. A former trial attorney for 30 years, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He is the author of Dancing on the River…Navigating Life’s Changes and Discover the Leader Within.

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