Give a Little, Get a Lot
Recently, I went on a weekend trip with some dear friends. Going into the trip, I was tired. I had just gotten home from a business trip 36-hours before and I was feeling a bit overwhelmed.
On the two hour drive to the airport Mark and I had a heavy conversation. After we got through security, Mark had several business calls he had to take before we got on the plane. In my mind, I thought…I don’t know how this weekend is all going to shake out.
Can we let loose for 72-hours?
So I put on a smile…that was all I had to give, and hoped nobody would notice my heart wasn’t in it.
The moment the three couples converged at our rented condo, a switch flipped and a floodgate of good feels overwhelmed me. I was genuinely happy, Mark and I were genuinely having a good time, and there was no other place in the world we wanted to be.
As I reflected on this weekend, it reminded me of the saying: Give a little, get a lot. I couldn’t find who said that, but they were a genius. All I could muster up at the beginning of the weekend was a smile but in return I strengthened relationships with amazing people and made memories that will last a lifetime. Mark and I walked away happier and closer as a couple. And, I added five country music stars to my “I’ve-seen-them-in-concert” list.
When all I can do is simply show up to spin class, I always walk away feeling proud and a sense of accomplishment.
When all I can do is is pick up the phone and initiate the hard call, even though I don’t know what to say, it is always rewarding, even if the outcome is only that I tried.
When all I can do is bring store bought cookies to the BBQ, I always walk away feeling glad I went because of some conversation or connection made.
Sometimes, when all you can do is give a little, you will be amazed by how much you get in return.
Reach deep, people. #gonnagetit