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Thursday, May 15, 2008

The 29-Day Giving Challenge: Final Thoughts

My 29-Day Giving Challenge ended yesterday on a sad note, but overall, the experience was an extremely positive one. The challenge showed me that I can find opportunities to give if I just look for them. It also reminded me of how much fun it is to give a random surprise gift just for the sake of giving.

I did find that the challenge grew tiresome if I hadn't already planned a gift and I didn't spend the day constantly looking for a giving opportunity. Then I found myself at the computer just before bedtime racking my brain for something to give to someone. Fortunately, that only happened a couple of times, but I have to admit that in some respects, I'm glad the challenge is over.

What's changed? I've discovered that giving is like a muscle, in that the more you give, the stronger the urge to keep giving. Even though the challenge is over, I will now always be on the lookout for opportunities to give a gift, no matter how big or small. And I know that the size of the gift doesn't really matter . . . what really matters is the act of giving itself.

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