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Day 28: Give

Level 17

(the illustrious erikeff​'s post has become lost in the aether. Until we can locate it, I'm re-posting his essay here:

Give.

That word is particularly relevant this time of year, as many of us engage in the annual ritual of exchanging gifts. If you are like me, you struggle a bit with the disconnect between the beauty of the tradition and the rabid commercialism which tries to subsume it.  Every generation tends to think that this tension between the act and the object is its own fault—that we are the ones who finally let go of the true meaning of giving. I admit, when I see folks lining up to do their Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving, or when I stop to ponder the depth and breadth of modern merchandizing, I’m tempted to believe our generation is guilty as charged.

However, this tension is nothing new. I watched the original  “Miracle on 34th Street” a few nights ago with my family (speaking of traditions), and that film is a pretty clear indicator that our parents and grandparents wrestled with the same concern.

Of course, we can go further back. Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” was first published in 1843.  The character of Ebenezer Scrooge perfectly personifies humanity’s worst instincts when it comes to charity. And Dickens himself drew from much older tales and traditions to craft his novella.

So if our current predicament is nothing new, if humans have always stumbled along the line between giving and getting, then what hope do we have for finding balance? For me, the answer is really quite simple.  As soon as I stop thinking of the problem as universal and begin to define it as personal, I realize the solution is entirely under my own control.  Instead of blaming the culture or the commerce that drives it, I can evaluate my own motives for giving and define that act for myself.  In a system based on supply and demand, commercialism is the response to the call of materialism.  My own obsession with stuff is one small log on the fire of consumption.

I need to give. We all do.  But how I give and why I give are the true measures of my generosity.  Instead of emphasizing the object, I choose to emphasize the act.  Money may be the currency of exchange, and things are its most obvious manifestation, but the act itself is the true measure of my worth.  The way each of us gives defines who we really are.  When it comes to exchanging things with each other, intention is everything.

But the most profound forms of giving have nothing to do with buying or spending; giving is not about things. The most we can ever give is of ourselves—our time, our talent, our concern, our love.

When I consider my own tenure at SolarWinds, I feel blessed to be able to contribute to a team that I admire so much. Each on of us brings something unique, something special, to the enterprise. I readily admit I know very little about IT. Fortunately, we have many content experts on hand to fill that need. However, I do know a bit about video production and in that way I can contribute to the larger effort.

Showing up to work for a team reminds me daily that giving is a reciprocal arrangement. When all of us give, all of us receive.  SolarWinds is filled with talented people who inspire me to do more.

And for that, I give thanks!

13 Comments
Level 12

Give and it will come back you.

When you Give you pay it forward.

Let's Give with love and compassion, and not just for the sake of Giving.

Level 10

What can I give you to show how much I appreciate you?

I can give back to you when I know that I have it in me to give.

What kind of man is He that he lay down his life to give us life in return?

I encourage 3 gives for the new year.

Giving

Forgiving

and

Thanksgiving

Level 8

Its better to give than to receive.

Level 12

Give - A word which teaches you the happiness in giving. When you Give something you can to others which would make them happy/help, or in any manner, that feeling is awesome.


I don't believe in Give & Take policy, but in Give policy only . Because, when you give something without expecting anything in return, you would get something back automatically.

When you have more in life, raise giving instead of raising yourself

To give can also mean to collapse, buckle, or cave in. The struggle is to learn to give way a little to new ideas or imperfections and not bend or break. An allegory would be like fresh new clay, it gives to pressure and molds to new shapes. Once it has been fired it becomes stiff and fragile, subject to breaking. Just as with the fire of life experiences our minds can be hardened to certain ideas. Working to remain malleable allows us to give way to new inputs without breaking.

Compromise is about each side giving up a little to gain a little more.

Level 10

Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, shaken together and running over.

When you give, you will one way or the other receive.

I found out whenever I share knowledge (give what I know), I ended up knowing more.

Little wonder the saying, that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Level 12

Give a little bit

Give a little bit of your love to me

Give a little bit

I'll give a little bit of my love to you

There's so much that we need to share

Send a smile and show you care

Level 20

My Christmas shopping was easy this year... everyone got something they wanted then I gave it to them!  Easiest year ever.

Level 10

To give it your best effort!

That is all anyone can ask of you.

Level 9

Great post by erikeff​ Much about what gets blamed for ruining the holidays is up to the individual. It took me a while (and the creation of a robust online marketplace) to realize if it wasn't adding to my life, there was no reason to continue participating in the practice. If the giving doesn't feel right, or you're doing it for the wrong reasons then by all means quit!

Level 11

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

I think we all know this one! God is the ultimate giver and He showed that through Jesus!

Level 11

I was surprised to see my post deleted for give after receiving several:

Day 28: Give

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The post was about teaching and the ASL sign teach which implied taking knowledge from the head andasl_sign_illustration_teach.gif giving it to the student.

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In my sordid career, I have been an actor, bug exterminator and wild-animal remover (nothing crazy like pumas or wildebeasts. Just skunks and raccoons.), electrician, carpenter, stage-combat instructor, American Sign Language interpreter, and Sunday school teacher. Oh, and I work with computers. Since 1989 (when you got a free copy of Windows 286 on twelve 5¼” floppies when you bought a copy of Excel 1.0) I have worked as a classroom instructor, courseware designer, desktop support tech, server support engineer, and software distribution expert. Then about 14 years ago I got involved with systems monitoring. I've worked with a wide range of tools: Tivoli, Nagios, Patrol, ZenOss, OpenView, SiteScope, and of course SolarWinds. I've designed solutions for companies that were extremely modest (~10 systems) to those that were mind-bogglingly large (250,000 systems in 5,000 locations). During that time, I've had to chance to learn about monitoring all types of systems – routers, switches, load-balancers, and SAN fabric as well as windows, linux, and unix servers running on physical and virtual platforms.