““From what we get in life, we make a living. From what we give, we make a life.”
- Arthur Ashe
Quote of the Day.
It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that what we get in life – money, possessions, status – is part of “building a life”. As Arthur Ashe points out here, making a living is not the same as making a life.
Making a life is a deeper process that involves not just the work we do, but who we are and the extent to which we give to those around us. Keep in mind that “giving” here does not mean money (although sometimes that might be part of it). Giving means that we give of ourselves – our time, emotions, attention, advice and so forth.
What does this look like in daily life? Giving of yourself could mean that you spend more dedicated time with your children or spouse, you may begin to mentor your colleagues in the workplace instead of just answering their questions, you might volunteer to help on a service project after a natural disaster – the options are many.
What have you given to others today? In what ways can giving of yourself help you become the person you want to be?
About Arthur Ashe: A former world-champion tennis player, Arthur Ashe rose to prominence during the late 60′s and 70′s, won three Grand Slam titles and was the first black tennis player to win several of the world’s major Open events. He is also well-known for his work in the fight against HIV/AIDS, which contributed to his passing in 1993.
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