Is it better to give than to receive?

@leateagee (3667)
China
May 19, 2008 11:15am CST
"It's better to give than to receive" is the consoling sentence, either you say to yourself or to others if he/she didn't receive many gifts than the others though he/she was very thoughtful enough to have prepared something for each friends on special occassions. Honestly, do you feel sad if you gave more and received less? Or you don't expect anything at all. Which do you think is better: to give or to receive? How true is this? Share please. Thank you! =)
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
19 May 08
For me there are mixed feelings. I find it hard to accept something someone gives me. It makes me feel like they think I am needy and for that reason I feel very uncomfortable. When I do receive something from another I try my best to sound appreciative but I am not sure how that comes across. On the other side of it, I love to give. If I have something that would better help someone else I get major urges to give it to them. I have been a computer instructor for more than 20 years and I lived for it. It made me feel like a king when I would see the lights come on for my student. It's because I was giving them something really useful and that makes my day every time. We just had friends of my wife drop by and they gave us a de-humidifier and a lovely iron plant rack about 7 feet tall. It was an opportunity for me to try to accept things without feeling creepy about it.
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@leateagee (3667)
• China
20 May 08
We are human. We are in need too eventhough we already have all the things we think we need. Don't feel bad if someone gives you. Receiving doesn't mean you're poor. It means you are a good person that people remembers you. Thank you for responding. Take care =)
@kerriannc (4280)
• Jamaica
19 May 08
People says that it is better to give than to receive because it is a blessing from God. But there are times you will be in a position and you would like help and when you do not receive it you will be disappointed. But we should always give without looking back for anything. But I believe it is human nature. Christ give up his life for us and he wanted something back which is our soul. So this is from bible days. Expecting something when we give.
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@leateagee (3667)
• China
20 May 08
You are right. We do expect something in return. Their SMILE. It doesn't matter if they didn't say anything, as long as they smile, we know that we made them happy. Thank you for responding. Take care =)
@paid2write (5202)
19 May 08
I think it is better not to expect. If you don't expect anything in return for what you give, you will get greater pleasure from giving and appreciate more when you receive. I don't think the sentence is just about gifts. It is also about giving and receiving love, friendship, help and advice.
@leateagee (3667)
• China
20 May 08
Yes, I think you're right. It's not just about the material things that we spend hours and money to choose for our special someone. But don't you want to receive a smile as an appreciation for all your efforts? Thank you for responding. Take care =)
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20 May 08
Oh yes, I would be upset if I didn't get a smile. It costs nothing to smile and a smile should always get another smile in return.
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