Thursday, December 13, 2007

It's More Blessed to Give

By Mary Kay Ash
-Thanks to mk4me-

The following story truly illustrates how much more blessed it is to give than receive. It's my hope that it leads you to conduct your daily business and personal relationships with an attitude of giving. The Greatest Gift:A friend of mine named Paul received a new car from his brother as a Christmas present. On Christmas Eve when Paul came out of his office, a street urchin was walking around that shining new car, admiring it, touching it and petting it. The little boy looked up and asked "Is this your car, mister?" "Yes," said Paul. "My brother gave it to me for Christmas". The little boy was astounded. "You mean, your brother gave it to you and it didn't cost you nothin?" Paul nodded.The little boy said, "Boy, I wish….." And Paul thought the little boy was going to wish that he had a brother like that too. But what the boy said astonished Paul. "I wish," the little boy went on, "that I could be a brother like that!"Paul looked at the boy, astounded. Then asked, "Would you like to have a ride in my new car?" The boy exclaimed, "Oh, yes, I would love that!"After a short ride, the little boy turned to Paul with his eyes all aglow and asked, "Mister, would you mind driving in front of my house?" Paul smiled, because he thought the little boy wanted to show his neighbors he could come home in this great, big, beautiful car. But Paul was wrong again."Will you stop where those two steps are?" asked the little boy as they drove up to where he lived. He ran back up the steps and into the house. In a little while, Paul heard him coming back. He was carrying his little brother, crippled with polio, and he sat him down on the bottom step and sort of scooted up against him. He pointed at the car. "There she is buddy, just like I told you upstairs. Ain't she beautiful? His brother gave it to him for Christmas, and it didn't cost him nothin'. Some day I'm going to give you one just like it! Then you can see all the Christmas windows I've been telling you about."Well, Paul got out and lifted the lad up to the front seat of the car. His shining-eyed older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began a memorable holiday ride. That Christmas Paul learned that it really is more blessed to give than to receive.

Thanks mk4me, what an excellent spirit for us to embody!


  1. It is truly better to give than to receive. And I have been thinking about what tc and her little imps have been saying on pink UNtruth. You know they have made me see that we need to be charitable not only at Christmas, we need to be that way all through the year.

    Those of us in MK have been bless just by the fact that Mary Kay Ash was a very charitable lady. I believe that we all need to be that way all year long. And you know you don't have to give things that were bought. What about a giving a smile while walking down the street. What about asking someone how they are doing and actually waiting for the answer. What about praying for those that use you. There are many things that can be given and it doesn't cost anything except a little time.

    How about finding a family in your community that is not as well off as you are and helping them in secret not letting them know that you are doing it. How about a radom act of kindness? If we all lived with a giving heart instead of expecting to get someone out of doing something good the world would be a much better place. Just a thought.

    Have a GREAT DAY.

  2. This story makes me cry EVERY time I read it. Thanks MK4ME for bringing it back up for re-reading.


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