The Lens of Giving

We often view our lives from a place of scarcity and desire—we’re always in need of more time and money (and vacation). But the trouble often lies with our mindset, with how we see the glass.

If we constantly view our world as fraught with challenge and lack, then our ability to give becomes difficult. Thankfully, we have a choice in the matter, an opportunity to view our paths as unique to us. In this way, the bumps of our road—even the most painful—become beautiful and essential for personal growth. The holes, debris, and pitfalls aren’t pleasant, but they are part of our journey and catalysts of change; when we hit one, we’re often smacked awake to a better and deeper realization, a chance to frame our lives differently.

Our viewpoint shapes the way in which live and therefore give, whether through volunteerism or money or even a small gesture like a smile or a nod—acknowledging another person as human and fallible, but also individual, singular, and important.

Giving is not a selfless act, but a reflection of how we view ourselves. If we choose to live from a place of having more than enough, then giving—time, money, or a simple gesture—becomes easy, preferable, and pleasurable. The wonderful twist is, the more we give, the more we can give. Through the act of giving, we actually gain, and the glass overflows.

Blair Knobel, Editor-in-Chief,