I am currently enrolled in a Prosperity Coaches training which involves wearing a blue Abundance Activist™ bracelet, similar to a Livestrong bracelet. Every time I GIVE or RECEIVE something, I switch the bracelet to the other wrist. It may sound silly, but doing that simple action has had a dramatic effect on my awareness of both of these things.
It doesn’t matter what I am giving or receiving; it could be time, money, a gift, a kind word, an iPad… Every time I notice such an act, I switch the bracelet.
Well, yesterday I made my annual trip to my favorite flea market to do some Christmas shopping. I’ve been going there for over 20 years, and I never remember receiving a discount, aside from the normal “Buy 1 for $20 or 2 for $30″ offer. But this trip was different and that blue bracelet got quite a workout!
The highlight of the day occurred while going down my last aisle, cold and weary from three hours of walking and spending. A gentleman selling food choppers asked “Will you watch my demonstration? You don’t have to buy anything. No one else is.” His humorous approach made me laugh and although I was tired and had absolutely no interest in what he was selling, I said “Sure! Show me what you’ve got.”
As I approached his table, I switched my bracelet, aware that I had made the decision to GIVE this nice man a few minutes of my time.
The demo was so cool that I purchased his chopper for $25. As I waited for him to put it in the bag, I started to switch my bracelet, aware that I was GIVING him a sale, not because I really wanted the product (although it is really cool!) but because I felt like doing something nice. At that moment, the thought to GIVE him the bracelet came to me, so I did.
After explaining how to use it, he happily put it on his wrist, smiled and said “You just made my day!” and I really felt his appreciation. He continued, “And now I’m gonna make yours” as he put a second chopper in the bag! How cool is that?! We were both smiling ear-to-ear as he switched the bracelet to his other wrist.
As soon as I got home, I put on a new blue bracelet and have switched it several times since then. I’ve been assured the bracelet isn’t magic, but the awareness that every GIVING also involves a RECEIVING truly is!
Where is your awareness on the topic of giving and receiving? Do you notice one more than the other? I can promise that as you become more aware of both, you will experience both and on a more equivalent, consistent basis.