Giving Back

Last week, I had an interview with one of my old uni professors for a research project they are doing. They taught me German from scratch in first year and I owe a lot of my knowledge to their quality of teaching.

At the end of the interview, they thanked me and told me how much they appreciated me for taking the time out of my day to help them.

This genuine gratitude struck a chord with me and when asked if they’re was anything else I wanted to say, I thanked them and told them it was the least I could do. I was eager to help them with their research to improve the course that had helped me so much. They constantly pushed me to be better throughout the year. They are a good teacher and have the students’ best interests at heart.

We live in a culture of quid pro quo thinking  – “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours”.

Yes, I was happy to help my professor because they helped me. But I didn’t do it out of obligation. I did it because I care about language learning. I was happy to be of some help in the research because of how much my teacher had given me. 

A mentality of scarcity makes us stingy with our time, money, work and love. But an Abundance Mentality always has room for more – there is plenty to go around. When we become a source of giving, we can also receive abundantly and then pass it on to others. The flow begins.

How can you give to someone in your life this week? What has been something you received from someone else?