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Mitch Goldfarb
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HIT THE LOTTERY?
Going for that big win?
Maybe you already won?
How about all those gifts & blessings that are on their way,
and the ones that are here today?
Isn’t that the big win?
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Mitch Goldfarb
Mitch Goldfarb (422)
TIME FOR A LITTLE UNITY?
A coming together?
End the separation?
How about “e pluribus unum”?
Doesn’t it mean: “Out of many, one”?
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Mitch Goldfarb
Mitch Goldfarb (422)
IT WENT WRONG?
But a lot of the time…
doesn’t it usually go right?
Which will you choose to focus on today?
And doesn’t it take the same energy to focus either way?
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Mitch Goldfarb
Mitch Goldfarb (422)
SAID NO?
Wrong answer?
What if you tried saying yes?
To life?
Who knows what magical opportunities you could find?
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Jill Morrow
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Shannon Campbell
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Mitch Goldfarb
Mitch Goldfarb (422)
FLAWED SOFTWARE?
Brain not functioning?
Something wrong with your thinking?
Maybe just flawed programing?
And isn’t it great we can change…
how we think about our thinking?
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Mitch Goldfarb
Mitch Goldfarb (422)
CAN’T SEE IT?
Did you know almost everything in science is invisible?
And only 4% of the energy in our universe has a physical form?
Want to we see the effects of that energy?
Can you share a little love today?
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Ryanne Joslin
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Mitch Goldfarb
Mitch Goldfarb (422)
GOT A LOT TO LEARN?
Maybe we all do?
Otherwise, why would people hate?
Hurt? Bully? Abuse? Kill?
Isn’t it time for free education for all?
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Cami Walker
Cami Walker (340)
WHAT "COUNTS" AS A GIFT?
Gifts can be ANYTHING you offer with mindfulness and positive intention. Clean out your closets and give away clothes, shoes, handbags or toys. Give material items, like money or food. Give time, smiles, compliments or simple prayers . Read to your child. Play with your dog. Pet your cat. Pay for someone's coffee or lunch. Don't forget to make some art and write stories about your #29Gifts experience and share them here at www.29gifts.org.
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Cami Walker
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Good Giving Weekly: BACK TO BASICS
October 16, 2018

Greetings #29Gifts Community,

Welcome if you are new to http://www.29gifts.org. Welcome back if you are a seasoned #29Gifts member. When Medicine Woman Mbali Creazzo originally gave me the #29Gifts Prescription in 2008 I did not start giving right away. I wrote down her suggestion to #Give29Giftsin29Days in my journal, but closed the book and put it away on a high shelf and out of my mind. I had no intention of following through on the idea because I didn’t believe I had anything left to offer the world. I was bankrupt on every level.

I was preparing for a seven-day inpatient psychiatric hospital stay. My new marriage was under serious stress and my freshly diagnosed Multiple Sclerosis (MS) was flaring. I was blind in my right eye, my hands stopped working so I couldn’t write, and I was having problems walking. My mental state was worse than my physical state. I was so unstable that I was suicidal. When I got out of the hospital I went through months of rehab, doing physical and occupational therapy and intensive psychiatric treatment.

Things improved between me and my then husband, Mark, but I still struggled with depression, anxiety, insomnia, and crippling chronic pain. One night I was up at 3 a.m. (again) struggling to put my mind at rest when I reached for my purple handmade journal and opened it right to the page that said, “Give away 29 Gifts in 29 Days.” I recalled my conversation with Mbali and decided to try giving my first gift that morning: a simple phone call to my friend Laurie, who was also living with MS.

BACK TO BASICS: Some advice from Mbali and #29Gifts on how a practice of daily, mindful giving can improve the quality of your life.

Nonattachment: Give your gifts with an open heart, without any expectations about what you might want to receive in return. In fact, try this: What if you were to give away something that you feel you could never part with? It could be a material thing, or perhaps a deeply held belief, behavior, or way of thinking that you feel isn’t serving you anymore. Try this at least once over your 29 Days and take notice of changes you see in your life in upcoming months.

Gratitude: If you stay in a space of giving and gratitude, you attract more of what you want in life. Note at least three things you feel grateful for each day. This may be anything from a family member, your health, shelter, or nature.

Awareness: Decide that you will go through each day being open to opportunities to give. Take action, and be mindful of what comes up for you emotionally. Does it feel hard or easy to give? Can you notice why you are having certain feelings? Is your desire to offer this gift connected to an experience that you remember from your past? Was there some resistance to taking action or resentment after the give?

Service: Try your best to approach offering each gift from an authentic desire to be of service to others. Take note of the times you go out of your way to help another person. What touched you about the person that compelled you to want to give? Are the traits that attracted you to the person somehow mirroring your own experience of life?

Curiosity: Approach this ritual with a willingness to be curious and surprised. Don’t go in
assuming that you will learn something specific, solve a problem, or have an earth-moving experience. Instead, notice what surprises you about your give each day. Did you get an unexpected reaction from the recipient of your gift? Did extending yourself to another person bring up emotions you didn’t anticipate? Did you receive something surprising in return?

Receiving: When you give, it opens space for you to receive. Plus, saying “yes” to the gifts that are offered allows you to feel the joy of giving. Each day, notice if your heart feels open or constricted when you receive an offering from another person. Can you easily accept their gift with gratitude? Do you feel deserving of the gift? Do you give yourself permission to receive with an open heart?

WHAT IF I MISS A DAY OF GIVING?
Simply renew your commitment and start over with Gift 1. Starting over is the suggestion of Mbali Creazzo. Don't stress and don't quit. Starting over does not mean you failed; it is a way release the energy from your giving ritual and allow it to rebuild. I also suggest you sit down with your giving journal and reflect on your day. Was there a moment you offered a gift unconsciously or opportunities you didn't act on? Do you have other questions for me? Post them in the comments and I will reply. Learn more about Mbali at https://ourdivinemedicine.wordpress.com.

BE GENEROUS WITH YOURSELF
Remember this October, I encourage you to start each day with gratitude and try giving a gift to yourself. Giving to yourself not only “counts” as part of your #29Gifts–it serves as a reminder that you are worthy of receiving. It increases your sense of abundance and rejuvenates your spirit. Try giving gifts of self care like warm baths, reading, writing a poem or other stress relievers. What kind of gifts will fill your well? Comment to add your own ideas.

SEEKING STORIES - DEADLINE OCTOBER 29, 2018
Write a 2,000-word personal essay submission for my second book. 29 Life Lessons: Reflections On Living and Giving is the much anticipated sequel to Cami Walker’s New York Times Bestselling self-help memoir, 29 Gifts: How A Month of Giving Can Change Your Life. 29 Life Lessons includes personal stories from Walker and members of the 29 Gifts global community, self-help prompts, and creative giving tips. Get submission guidelines and read three stories from Cami at this link.
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/ViewPost/74108

GREAT SUBMISSION
I am very excited about Gretchen Cannon’s recent submission for 29 Life Lessons. Her story is about embracing a chronic illness as a gift. Read it here:
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/Discussion/20587

TROOPER TRAINING AND TOOTH FAIRY FUND
Are you looking for a simple gift idea? Give a little (or big) financial gift to help Trooper (my rescue dog) train to be a Therapy and Service Dog. I still need help getting to my $2,300 goal for private dog training costs and for additional dental work for me. Please give if you can and share this link in the spirit of community!
https://www.gofundme.com/help-cami-break-free-from-ptsd-ms

GIVEAWAYS WANTED
Are you an artist, author, healer or entrepreneur who wants to share a product or service with the #29Gifts community? Sponsor a Great Giveaway. Direct Message me or leave a comment if you are interested.

HELP WANTED AT 29GIFTS.ORG
Join our 29 Gifts Community Team. Help welcome new members and start conversations www.29gifts.org. Direct Message me if interested. You can also organize group gives in your local area. When I was traveling and speaking about 29 Gifts, I organized Flower Power Gives in each city I visited. Read about my first Flower Power Give in 2008.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/get-your-give/200908/flower-power-give

SUPPORT 29 GIFTS
Please invite friends to join you at www.29gifts.org. "Like" and Share http://www.facebook.com/29gifts. Use the tag #29Gifts on your social media posts. Follow Cami on Twitter or Snapchat @camiwalker29 and at https://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker. Click on Documents to download free 29 Gifts Note Cards and other fun giving tools.

Good Giving!
Cami Walker
Chief Evangelist, 29gifts.org
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Mitch Goldfarb
Mitch Goldfarb (422)
PEOPLE NOT THINKING IN WASH DC?
Alien abduction?
Possibly, but not likely?
Aren’t they usually looking for…
intelligent life?
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Mitch Goldfarb
Mitch Goldfarb (422)
SITUATION STILL FLUID?
Ever changing? Chaotic?
Hard to deal with?
Want to let go of the struggle?
Why not try going with the flow today?
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Gretchen Cannon
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My name is Gretchen Cannon, and I am a 38 year old woman living with a rare disease that is thankfully becoming more recognized in the medical community, called Autoimmune Encephalitis. Basically, my body's immune system attacks my brain cells, leading to inflammation of my brain and devastating neurologic and psychiatric symptoms that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

Before 2006, I was a successful Marketing Manager, avid fitness competitor and runner, and just all around busy babe, loving my life! I had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, which is common in people who contract Autoimmune Encephalitis (or “AE”), and I had a common surgery at the very end of 2006, which the trauma from that is believed to be perhaps what triggered my AE. Since then, I have been at the lowest of lows because of this illness and was not always able to see my chronic illness as a gift, but I can tell you that there are SO many lessons to be learned from living with AE, or any condition for that matter. The gifts that this disease have given me include: perseverance, appreciating the small things in life, learning to be present in the moment, love and accept myself unconditionally, trust my instincts, listen to my body, and also focus only on relationships that are positive and supportive. 

I want to explain the scary symptoms to you first, so you can understand my journey a little better. My short term memory was greatly affected, and is like this every time I have relapsed. It is like I have small seizures all day long, felt in my brain and body. I shake from the inside out, and have problems with my balance, speech and vision. My family would describe me as looking at them with a blank stare, no life in my eyes, and on the other side of those eyes, inside my brain and body, I felt SO lost, foggy beyond words and extremely terrified. Nothing looked familiar, I couldn’t be alone at all, because I didn’t know where I was, sometimes who I was, or what was going on. I couldn’t speak or relate to what people were saying around me, I couldn’t watch tv or read or remember anything anyone asked me. I lost all independence and had to hold out hope that things would get better, although sometimes they felt like they never would. I knew something was wrong, but it was hard to explain and impossible to stay calm or have hope, because it felt like the same nightmare every single day. My body was in constant fight or flight mode attacking itself for no good reason and I was obsessive and anxious and depressed and scared and so lost! My particular symptoms, when flaring, get progressively worse if not treated. The longer the symptoms prevail, people can end up in a coma or worse, which also happened to me, but I was lucky to wake up from mine when it happened. I will probably have this disease for the rest of my life, and I will continue to be aware of the possibility of the symptoms coming back at any time, which will be devastating, but I have hopes that I will remember that I have been there before, and that I have made it through.

Like I said, I have relapsed and been in remission several times since 2006, seen dozens of doctors, tried hundreds of treatments, and I am still fighting it to this day, 12 years later. I mentioned several things I have learned from living with AE above, but I want to focus on the top 3 things it has taught me along the way - perseverance, being present, and loving myself.

Gift of perseverance - I have had to face doctors that didn’t believe me, I have travelled to different states and cities and hospitals and tried different coping techniques, therapies, chemotherapies, drugs, depressants, anti-convulsants, oxygen chambers, IV vitamins, steroids - you name it, I tried it. Yes, I tried all of the natural things as well and nothing helped. I wanted to give up so bad, but I had seen improvements before, I would read about other people who came out of this, I had support from my loving family, and so I persevered. I got up every morning, even if I was shaking and had to call my Mom into the room to help me get up and face the day. I endured spinal taps, hundreds of blood tests, MRIs, CT Scans, Angiograms, Neuropsychological exams, drug trials, doctors sending me away, and being told that they didn’t know what to do any more. I know that if God didn’t give me this gift to fight on despite all that wasn’t going my way, and if I didn’t have such a patient mother and loving father, I would have given up a long time ago. I would have wanted to end my life. But I didn’t. I knew that life could be good and if I could just get the right doctor to believe me or try the right treatment on me, that things could improve. I have friends who call this my warrior mentality. I cried and I suffered, but getting through these hard trials and learning about perseverance, I know I can handle anything that comes my way, and I hope I can help others do the same if they are feeling hopeless. I had to fight for myself and advocate as best I could despite my disabilities and I will never give up.

Gift of being present - I know that this has been a buzz phrase in the psychological or self help communities over the past few years, but it has been a hard lesson learned for me. When you are deep in the trenches of the worst time of your life, all you want to do is go back to the times before these - when things didn’t hurt so much, when you were healthy, when life was easier and more pleasurable. You daydream about what you could have done differently to prevent this from happening. I spent so many hours in the past, and I had so many therapists and loved ones begging me to be in the moment with them, even if that moment was so hard for me to even make sense of, because that moment was all they had with me. Last Thanksgiving I was very depressed and anxious knowing that my brothers and family were going to be bustling around the kitchen, taking walks, eating meals together, catching up and laughing, and I knew I wouldn’t fit in - I would be scared to be alone, I wouldn’t be able to be a part of their conversations, I couldn’t help with the cooking, take funny pictures with them, or any of the things I normally love to do. I had to remember to “be here now” and realize that if things got worse, I wasted this day on wishing for something else. So I tried my hardest. I may not have done it before this time, and I may not have done it perfect this time, but I tried so hard to know that even though I was scared, in that moment I was safe, I was lucky to have family around me, to be loved, to be fed, to have a home, to breath and to be alive. I counted each blessing one by one, even if I had to repeat them over and over to convince myself to calm down. I sat outside and tried to watch a sunset with them and walk down the street with them. I tried my hardest to get ready to go to a nice dinner and be present instead of wishing for more. Even to this day, as I heal and am doing so much better, I still have to “bring it back to the present” when my mind drifts to the losses or the way things could be or were. I have to realize what I have in this moment is the most important, because it is the only moment I have. If that is hard, I tell myself to breathe in this moment, and if I can make it to the next moment I will just keep doing it over and over until one day things will get better.

Gift of loving myself - I think this has been the hardest gift to accept or take control of and responsibility for. Every time I relapse, I can’t eat much, I’m not smart anymore, I can’t make people laugh like I used to, have a normal conversation, or work or contribute to society and maintain my household and family. relationships. All of these losses felt devastating, but most the most devastating thing is that I wasn’t even loving myself. I hated how my life had turned out, and I wasn’t even nice to myself - as if I could control this horrible disease. Every week in therapy, I would be told that I need to speak to myself like I would my best friend, like my Mom would speak to me, or like I was a child that needed to be nurtured. But it was a struggle. Some days, during the hardest times, when I wanted to give up, I begged God for hope, and sometimes the tiniest miracle would happen - I would have a clear moment, or I would get a lead on a doctor or treatment that would give me some hope. I think this is when I started to love myself and realize that even with perseverance and being present in the moment, if I didn’t take responsibility for the love within myself, that I would never make it this time around and I would definitely never make it if it happened again. I had also been in a 13 year relationship with a man who missed the old me, who did not want to take care of a sick woman, and I loved him unconditionally anyways. I wanted to marry him and he is all I saw in my future. I would try to see him or do things for him no matter how sick I was, and this year, I took a giant leap of faith and stayed with my parents, where his stress was not my stress, and he wasn’t pressured to help me get well. I had to love myself enough to remove myself from a situation that was no longer healthy for me to be in and it was so hard because I felt like I was losing our dreams, memories and our life together, but I am so proud that I did it. My Mom took me to a new church where I met people who valued me, at my current state of confusion and despair, and new and old friends supported me when I didn’t want to see anyone for fear of what they would think. This love made me feel worthy and this finally gave me the courage to end the relationship I had fought so hard for, and instead I chose to fight for and love myself fully. Loving myself also includes listening to my body, trusting my instinct, and accepting my new life as it is. I have come a long way and that makes me proud of myself and love myself even more.

I have a new team of doctors, a less stressful life to manage, am on steroids and plasmapheresis, and am working to slowly wean off of these. I work on my blog at GretchCannon.com and take each day as it comes. My illness came with some serious baggage, but also with life lessons and gifts that nobody can take away from me and I will cherish and never forget. Thank you for the opportunity to share a little of my story. I hope it becomes a gift to you and helps someone who may need a spark of hope.
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Cami Walker
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Thank you for this thoughtful submission. You are a gift Gretchen!
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Mitch Goldfarb
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FAILED?
Do you do your best, at least most of the time?
Then what could you have done better?
Maybe it’s time to let it go?
and celebrate that you’re getting better?
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Cami Walker
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Good Giving Weekly: GIVING GROOVE
October 13, 2018

Greetings #29Gifts Community,

Welcome if you are new to http://www.29gifts.org or a returning veteran. I hope you are enjoying your #29Gifts ritual. Is your giving easy or are you struggling to come up with ideas? Do you have questions for me? Post them in the comments and I will reply. Use these flashback links for ideas to help you get into your giving groove.
http://www.oprah.com/spirit/cami-walkers-29-gifts
http://www.29giftsbook.com/today.php
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/get-your-give

CELEBRATING ABUNDANCE
I am proud that millions of people have been exposed to the #29Gifts story. Ten years later, I am still on a mission to revive the worldwide giving spirit. The momentum of the 29 Gifts book launch thrust me into the public eye, but I wasn’t ready to to be famous and live transparently. Here is a link to a story I wrote about this time called You Have To Ride The Waves of Life. Get detail about what happened when Mark and I split up in 2009, a low point for me personally. Thankfully today I can celebrate the abundance in my life.
http://follr.com/communities/29Gifts/viewpost/45962

BE GENEROUS WITH YOURSELF
Remember this October, I encourage you to start each day with gratitude and try giving a gift to yourself. Giving to yourself not only “counts” as part of your #29Gifts–it serves as a reminder that you are worthy of receiving. It increases your sense of abundance and rejuvenates your spirit. Try giving gifts of self care like warm baths, reading, writing a poem or other stress relievers. What kind of gifts will fill your well? Comment to add your own ideas.

SEEKING STORIES - DEADLINE OCTOBER 29, 2018
Write a 2,000-word personal essay submission for my second book. 29 Life Lessons: Reflections On Living and Giving is the much anticipated sequel to Cami Walker’s New York Times Bestselling self-help memoir, 29 Gifts: How A Month of Giving Can Change Your Life. 29 Life Lessons includes personal stories from Walker and members of the 29 Gifts global community, self-help prompts, and creative giving tips. Get submission guidelines and read three stories from Cami here.
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/ViewPost/74108

TROOPER TRAINING AND TOOTH FAIRY FUND
Thanks to everyone who has given financial gifts to help Trooper (my rescue dog) train to be a Therapy and Service Dog. I still need help getting to my $2,300 goal for private dog training costs and for additional dental work for me. Please give if you can and share this link in the spirit of community!
https://www.gofundme.com/help-cami-break-free-from-ptsd-ms

GIVEAWAYS WANTED
Are you an artist, author, healer or entrepreneur who wants to share a product or service with the #29Gifts community? Sponsor a Great Giveaway. Direct Message me if you are interested.

HELP WANTED AT 29GIFTS.ORG
Join our 29 Gifts Community Team. Help welcome new members and start conversations www.29gifts.org. Direct Message me if interested. You can also organize group gives in your local area. When I was traveling and speaking about 29 Gifts, I organized Flower Power Gives in each city I visited. Read about my first Flower Power Give in 2008.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/get-your-give/200908/flower-power-give

SUPPORT 29 GIFTS
Please invite friends to join you at www.29gifts.org. "Like" and Share http://www.facebook.com/29gifts. Use the tag #29Gifts on your social media posts. Follow Cami on Twitter or Snapchat @camiwalker29 and at https://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker. Click on Documents to download free 29 Gifts Note Cards and other fun giving tools.

Good Giving!
Cami Walker
Chief Evangelist, 29gifts.org
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