Life isn’t always easy as you may already know. But if you keep caving in, you’re bound to think negatively and not make the most out of life. What I learned is that what you give is what you get. If you give positivity, you will get positivity as well. Let’s talk more about that here.
THE CYCLE OF WHAT YOU GIVE IS WHAT YOU GET
THE LAND OF SMILES
Over the years I’ve been living and traveling in Thailand, it has never ceased to amaze me just how happy most Thai people are. This is true of just about all the Thai people I’ve met from the very northern parts of the country, through all of central Thailand, including the sprawling metropolis of Bangkok and down into the southern areas of this beautiful country known internationally as the Land of Smiles.
You’ll instantly understand why Thailand is called the Land of Smiles even if you’ve never been in the country.
THAI PEOPLE LOVE TO GIVE GIFTS
The one thing I’ve noticed about most Thai people, other than the fact that they smile a lot more than most people in other countries do, is they love to give.
At the end of my first year working in Thailand, it was a couple of days before Christmas in the Western world (Thai people don’t celebrate Christmas since most of them are Buddhist and have their holiday season in April) yet I had begun receiving presents from the Thai staff. I was very shocked. But I’m extremely grateful at the same time since they all earn such a small wage, yet they were giving me some very nice gifts.
THEY ALWAYS GIVE FROM THE HEART
I remember speaking to an Australian member of the sports club where I worked. I told him I felt quite uncomfortable taking all the nice presents from the Thai staff, knowing that they are paid so little. He replied telling me the same thing happens in his company where it’s also almost all Thai staff with only one or two expat managers.
He also gave me some welcome advice and told me whatever you do, never say no to a gift even if you think it’s inappropriate or perhaps too extravagant.
Thai people get offended if you refuse their gift. The act of giving gives them an immense amount of personal pleasure. They also reap the significant face value of giving to others. They don’t care about receiving a gift in return since they give from the heart and the reward is part of the giving.
WHAT YOU GIVE IS WHAT YOU’LL GET BACK
As I have come to know some Thai people very well, I’ve spoken to them about this, and they all tell me the same thing. When you give from the heart because you want to give, it gives you power, and as you release this power it always comes back to you in this life or the next.
They believe, as I also believe, whenever you give you’ll always get back, there are no exceptions to this rule. If you give positive energy or you help someone or you give a material gift, you can always expect to receive something of even greater spiritual value at some point in the future. It could be tomorrow or it could be in another life. Whatever you choose won’t matter when you’ll receive it. What’s important is, you give from the heart.
I believed in this concept even before I moved to Thailand. It was so comforting and rewarding to be constantly surrounded by these beautiful smiling people. They live with this concept from the day they were born.
More and more people from across the globe are starting to become aware of this universal law of getting what you give. Yet many are still caught up in the illusion they can get something for nothing. They also think that they can hurt other people and get away with it, or they can take what is not rightfully theirs.
I suppose, in time, everyone will learn the lessons they need to learn no matter what the cost may be. For those of us moving along the path to enlightenment, it’s reassuring to know that what you give is always what you’ll get back. As my Thai friends who can speak English often say, ‘always give the good thing’.