Have you ever asked someone to do something for you only to have that someone respond with a heavy sigh, whining, or complaining? If you’re a parent or a teacher, that’s a pretty silly question, isn’t it? What’s even sillier, although less amusing, is when we adults do it to one another. I know we all have bad days and should try to respond with grace when met with a bad attitude, but isn’t it so much sweeter when someone gives and serves cheerfully? And don’t you feel more loved and respected when someone responds happily to a request?
“Cheerfulness gives sweetness to life.” —Filipino proverb
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
—2 Corinthians 9:7
“The kindness is doubled if what must be given is given willingly.” —Latin proverb
“The visible sign of utter love is an undying smile.” —Sri Sri Ravi Skankar
“He gives well and bountifully who accompanies the gift with a pleasing look.” —Latin proverb
“A gift with a kind face is a double grace.” —German proverb
Years ago while dining at a restaurant in Canada, I remember the response given by our waitress when I said, “Thank you.” With a pretty smile and a French accent she replied, “It is my pleasure.” I loved that response, so I adopted it.
“Forget the favors you have given; remember those received.” —Chinese proverb
Sometimes people give or serve in order to receive or to be served. Although we shouldn’t give or serve with selfish motives and a score card, isn’t it funny how people sometimes act as if you owe them for what they have done instead of giving and serving out of love and gratitude for the things you have done for them? Or maybe it’s the other way around.
“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.” ―Pindar, Greek poet
“It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.” —Kahlil Gibran
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