This is a sample of its meanings
: to make a present of
: to grant or bestow by formal action
: to accord or yield to another
: to put into the possession of another for his or her use
: to execute and deliver
: to designate as a share or portion : Allot
: to attribute in thought or utterance : Ascribe
Give (v.): Old English giefan (West Sacon) “to bestow, deliver to another; allot, grant; commit, devote, entrust,” class V strong verb from Proto-Germanic geban, from Proto-Indo-European ghabh– “to take, hold, to have, give” (related to habit). It became yiven in Middle English, but changed to guttural “g” by influence of Old Norse gefa “to give,” Old Danish givae.
Meaning “to yield to pressure” is from 1570s. Give in “yield” is from 1610s; give out is mid-14th century as “publish, announce;” meaning “run out, break down” is from 1520s. Give up “surrender, resign, quit” is mid-12th century. To give (someone) a cold seems to reflect the old belief that one could be cured of disease by deliberately infecting others. What gives? “what is happening?” is attested from 1940. To not give a (some thing regarded as trivial and valueless) is from c. 1300 (early examples were a straw, a grass, a mite).
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
Charles Dickens (Charles John Huffam Dickens, 1812-1870, well-loved and prolific British author of numerous works and social critic)
“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
Mother Teresa (1910-1997, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhium, also known as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Albanian Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary)
“One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.”
“For it is in giving that we receive.”
Francis of Assisi
“I know what I have given you...
I do not know what you have received.”
“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”
“If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that--warm things, kind things, sweet things--help and comfort and laughter--and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett
“Speak the truth do not become angered and give when asked, even be it a little. By these three conditions one goes to the presence of the gods.”
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
— Mother Teresa
My apologies on this very short meditation. I was having trouble connecting to the internet last night when when I was writing and researching.
I do hope you have the opportunity to visit the website. I managed to pull some great quotes together before my internet connection bumped me off.
One wisdom that I can share with you quickly was given to me by my teacher and shaman, Christina Pratt, years ago. She advised me to always give from my surplus and never from my reserves.
That still resonates with me today. Because when I do I give from a deep well of abundance and joy, and also receive from that same place.
Give generously and receive with equal gratitude, sojourners.
Much Love, Tonya