Live a Little: Give a Little

May 14, 2012 Katja Presnal

Give a Little

So often we live our everyday lives thinking how we can get things, and get more of it all. If you are a mother, maybe you are even thinking right now what you got – or didn’t get – for Mother’s Day, and even comparing what you got with other moms. I admit, I want things, experiences, emotions, and I want more of it all to feel I am living life to the fullest. My thirst for wanting more will probably never be fully satisfied.

And that’s OK. It’s OK to want and get more in life, but balance it with GIVING.

And I don’t talk about the Mother’s Day gift you forgot to buy. I am not big on giving gifts for adults on a day in a calendar either (sorry mom!), and that’s why I am talking about giving right after Mother’s Day. Because giving when it is not expected, and when it’s not culturally demanded is often more valuable and meaningful. I’m talking about giving with no agenda and no exchange.


Today I am encouraging you to GIVE.

There is a saying:

If you have much, give your wealth; if you have little, give your heart.

I believe that the best things in life money can’t buy, and often giving kindness, your time, your sympathy can be more valuable than anything you can buy. In fact, sometimes giving from your wealth how ever small or large it may be can be easier to do than giving from your heart or giving your time. I don’t care how you do it. Just do it, give a little, everyone can pay it forward, regardless how limited our resources may be.

Buy a cup of coffee for strangers, or donate to your favorite charity. Babysit the single-moms kids so she can have a moment to herself. Invite a lonely neighbor for dinner. Give the last seat in the subway to someone else. Leave an encouraging blog comment.

GIVE without any expectation getting anything in return, and you will realize that you will get more in life than you asked for. Some call it Karma, I just call it part of Skimbaco lifestyle. Good things come to people who do good, and paying it forward is essential for living life to the fullest.

Live a Little




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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (9)

  1. Naomi

    I definitely agree that raising kids who understand the value of always offering help when you can makes the world a better place. Compassion is its own reward!

    • Enjoy Life Oils

      It sure is. It’s not that easy to teach though – and I wish to be a better example to kids. This is absolutely one of those things that I can honestly say that being a mother has made me a better person…

  2. Katja, this really resonates, I love the idea of giving in every day ways, paying a toll, buying a cup of coffee, doing things to express kindness with no thought for anything but the pure sense of giving. It is beautiful.

    • Enjoy Life Oils

      Thing the is that we are doing it as much for ourselves than to the person we are giving.

  3. The experience of paying it forward is just delicious. I think it is almost better to be the one giving than receiving when paying it forward. This joy of giving is something I try to teach my girls. I think they are getting it which pleases me greatly. I will keep this post in mind as I go about my week. :)

    • Enjoy Life Oils

      I totally agree — it is a better feeling when you are giving than when receiving.

    • Enjoy Life Oils

      I totally agree – that’s why I like Christmas better for giving gifts than for getting them :)

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