Recommended by a colleague, this 120-page parable contains a lovely idea – give well. First you have to give more in value than you take in payment. Thereafter it’s about the quality of your giving. How well do you serve people? Abundantly place others’ interests first. Suspend self-interest. The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself. The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving. It reminded me of one of my favourite quotes: “I see that I must give what I most need.” (Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces)
I came away from it thinking that giving could become a way of life that many of us could entertain. Give attention, ideas, time, care, energy. Make other people feel good about themselves. I found two small lessons in here for me. First, don’t judge so much. Appearances can be deceptive. Biases are rife. Second, pay attention more. Notice things and stay curious.