Wednesday, September 23, 2009

When you feel empty, give.

I have been planning to start the 29 Day Giving challenge on October 1st. Today I decided it I would start sooner. I felt I needed to take my focus off my own problems and onto the joy of giving. What is the 29 Day Giving Challenge? The premise is: GIVE A LITTLE EACH DAY. MAKE A BIG IMPACT. You give one thing away each day for 29 days. Why? Because to see our world change, we have to do something to change our world. If you are interested in join, go to the 29-Day Giving Challenge website.

So for this first day of giving, I am giving 3 things. First, I want to give you all a HUGE virtual hug. I appreciate all your comments, concern and emails I've recieved over the past few days. The support and love you have all shown me has been so wonderful. I thank you all from the bottom of my sore little heart.
Second, I'm giving to myself-forgiveness, compassion and understanding. I've been really hard on myself over things going on with and in relation to my reunion and beating myself up.

Third, I want to give something creative and fun to someone. I have this fun Japanese Beadwork book that I'd like to gift to someone.


I don't know what the title says but it has a number of really cool ring projects, as well as other jewelry items. It's all in Japanese, but the illustrations are enough information for you to make any project.

Leave a comment below between now and next Wed (Sept 30) and I'll use the random generator to pick someone.


I think this will help me stay focused on all the good things I have in my life, not the down times. Life is short, why waste it on feeling miserable?

17 comments:

Melissa J. Lee said...

Big hug, back!

Jo Archer said...

Sorry you are so sad, but remember that everything is transient, all things must change : )

TesoriTrovati said...

I am a firm believer that when you open yourself up to the Universe and voice what you need, it all comes to you. As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you.
Since I am a quote-lover, I found this one for you...
"Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be." ~Charlie "Tremendous" Jones

I will check out this giving challenge! I love that idea! Thanks for the inspiration. Remember..."Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day." Enjoy the day! Erin

HeArt Collective said...

hey girl~
i hope the giving includes to yourself... when i did my first 29 days i found that remembering me wasn't a luxury, but a necessity.

big lov,
jul

Barbe Saint John/ Saints and Sinners® said...

Thanks Jo and Melissa.
Julee=yup, giving to myself too. The first give was to give myself compassion!
Erin=you are so right, I've been opening myself up and I have to remember that when doing that, you let the bad/negatives out. I also got this in my facebook email on Tue

Deal with your feelings, before they deal with you.
Do you feel like you are being squeezed through a tunnel that is a bit too small for you? If so, join the club. Right now, as we continue our journey to a higher vibration, we are being squeezed through a "clarification tunnel," if you will. We are being challenged to heal the last of our wounds, once and for all. We are being asked to grieve our losses, feel our pain, and surrender to the forgiveness that lies on the other side. You are not alone.

While the collective grief continues, there is an opening being created through which we will all soon feel some relief. An opening through which our higher purpose can shine through and we can all live from our Truth instead of our wounds. Today, be gentle with yourself. Allow yourself to feel your feelings and know that grief is finite - it has a beginning and an end.

sandileejames said...

First of all, I have to say that I love your work. Your talent is an inspiration. Second, I am an adoptee who this year met the woman who gave me up for adoption 49 years ago (I am 50). I won't go into my experience here, but want to say that if you would like to talk to another adoptee about their experience in reunion, it might help you in yours, and I would like to make myself available to you. I know it is sometimes easier to understand yourself and your own situation when looking through the eyes of another. Very few people understand the adoption "thing," so if you'd like to talk... I'm here for you.

sandileejames@gmail.com

XOXO,
Sandi

baglady said...

Barbe- I think giving hugs and forgiveness are wonderful ideas. We all need to be a little easier on ourselves and treat ourselves to some good things. Be sure to focus on something you do well- like making very cool jewelry. Thanks for the giveaway! Nancy

MsKay2U said...

Thanks for the giveaway - we all love to read your blog. Hugs coming your way! Robin

Tami Roth said...

Hugs to you, Barbe, and I'm so glad I just found your blog! I hope you're feeling better and love your idea of a 29-day give away. Be good to you and enjoy :)
Tami

Jeannie said...

Forgiving ourselves takes a lot of courage. Big Hug and love the 29-day give away. I'm a big giver myself.

Jaime said...

You've inspired me to give as well. It sounds very... therapeutic. Thank you for this post.

Dan said...

I have to echo that forgiving ourselves is very difficult. You're doing an awesome job, though, and being an inspiration to all of us!
dan@danclarkdesigns.com

Lisa said...

Hi Barbe! I'm impressed with your attitude, gratitude and giving nature. I believe you are more enlightened than you might think and your feelings will follow in no time now that you have expressed your desire not to waste life on feeling miserable. You are an inspiration!

kat said...

What a lovely giveaway from a lovely person. Hugs to you!

Susan Z said...

Very nice of you to give stuff away. Sorry for your troubles. As the mother of an adopted child-there can be issues. Susan Z

Juanita Bitonti said...

I am not very good at expressing emotion in words...however, I could feel the vibration of pain in your words, or lack of words, at that time. I was sending good vibrations back to you for the pain to pass quickly. I use quotes often to express my thoughts. Here is a favorite:

"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." ~ Mother Teresa

xoxo Juanita

phoenix said...

**hugs** to you my friend! I was adopted and even as an adult, there are still sometimes issues. Good for you for being in touch with yourself and your feelings.
love,
Ellen