Give and you shall receive, this is another cliché phrase that has been used so often that it has become kind of a lullaby to our ears. We don’t take the lesson as seriously as we are supposed to. In fact, we don’t even notice we are part of it, every second we are either giving or receiving. Right now, you are giving my article your time and attention, and you are receiving knowledge in exchange.

We often associate these words with large investments involving visible, tangible objects like money. We miss out on that even the slightest gestures we give out are usually reciprocated, bad and good.

Karma is what most people call it. It is also what Sir Isaac Newton coined as the third law of motion, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The Bible, Luke 6:38, Give and you shall receive. Galatians 6:7–9, A man reaps what he sows.

“But I put a lot of money in my business and incurred losses, I didn’t gain sh*t,” Yeah you didn’t get your money back but you received something much more valuable that is going to prevent you from losing more money, a lesson. You don’t receive exactly what you give out but what you receive is equally if not more valuable.

It is not just about money and the goody-goody things; it involves everything. When you give out controversial statements you receive the backlash that comes with it, when you talk negatively to the waitress, you are ruining your day more than you are ruining hers, when you give your body all the sweet junk food, you receive a body which you are not proud of. Life is just a mega-market, in which every king of goods is exchanged, where we are both the buyers and sellers.

Since most don’t even know what is happening, they just comfort themselves with lies and blaming others. Saying that the ones with nice physiques are on steroids or are promiscuous, saying that the rich exploit poor people, saying that celebrities are arrogant, etc. It is no lie the world is imperfect and filled with millions of evil people but there are always genuinely good people and they are not as popular as the bad ones. Generalizing people is not a good way to view the world, everyone has a distinctive aspect in them. Therefore, if someone is reaping the reward of their hard work, always feel motivated instead of looking for a reason to hate on their success.

A Toyota car takes a few days to build while a Rolls Royce takes about six months from start to finish and the difference in quality and price of these cars is like night and day. The costly cars still sell even if the cheaper car has anything anyone would want in a car, that is because it is not just a car; it is time, craftsmanship, premium materials, history, class, etc. all in the form of a car, the cheap car is nowhere near as deep.

What you give is what you get. Life is that simple.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Maina Joseph

    *it is a barter trade, what are you exchanging?

  2. Carson Anekeya

    The notion that what we receive may not always be a direct reflection of what we give, but the lessons gained are invaluable, is a powerful takeaway. The acknowledgment that losses in business can yield lessons that prevent future losses adds a practical dimension to the philosophical concept of give and receive.

  3. Shukrani Maina

    That is an interesting analogy

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