Welcome new givers at http://www.29gifts.org and those returning for a new round of #29Gifts. I talked a lot about FEAR last week and told some of my own #MeToo moments. Now I want to share some ideas about FAITH, which means complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Many think of faith in a higher power as the central spiritual belief that gives us a sense of purpose. Some of us call our higher power God. When we are acting in alignment with God’s will, life often feels easier.
GIVE IT TO GOD In addiction recovery, you often hear people say, “I was really twisted up over my complex situation, but I turned it over to my higher power and truly let it go.” The idea that you can give your problems to God is not new, but it is revolutionary for some of us. Most of us want to hold our cards close to our chest and try to control everything; which is a common problem for all of us struggling with some type of addiction. Susie, my 12-step sponsor who has been sober for 41 years, calls this state, “self will run riot.”
Acceptance is also an important piece of the puzzle. A good example from my life includes my October 15th biopsy and October 30th surgery to remove fibroids from my Uterus, do a D&C (dilation and curettage), a procedure where the opening the cervix is widened and the lining of the uterus is scraped away. Last they do an endometrial ablation procedure to remove the lining of the uterus to reduce bleeding.
I can worry myself to death by feeding my fears about the procedures, or make a decision to give myself the gift of turning it over to God and trust that my higher power (and excellent doctors) will have my back.
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 I invite you to join our 29 Gifts Community Team. Help welcome new members and start conversations on www.29gifts.org. You can also organize group gives in your 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