Giving is the secret of abundance.
"Hold an Abundance Swap in Your Town" from Spirituality and Health magazine by Jeff Golden:
On a gray Sunday afternoon in December, a couple of friends and I opened the doors of a local dance studio, loaded the CD player with holiday music, plugged in a crock pot of apple cider, and waited to see what would happen. We had emailed a few hundred invitations that said:
"Come help create a new holiday gift tradition for our community: the First Annual Ashland Abundance Swap."
And we asked people to consider that:
We suggested an abundance swap:
A Happy Abundance Day
At 2 p.m., a small, steady flow of people started filling the studio. Each laid a blanket or towel on the floor and spread out a few nice items. Then they started moving around, kneeling or picking up an item here or there, but mostly passing without taking anything. Some asked me, If I brought three items, does that mean I should also take three? What if the person whose item I want doesn't want anything I brought? What if the value of what I brought is less than the value of what I want to take?
I stood on a chair in the center of the room and asked for quiet. "Some people are wondering about the rules for today. There are only two rules, really: Bring some quality things you'd like to give away - you've already done that one - and then help yourself to some things you find here that you'd like to give to someone else you know. That's all. This is the Abundance Swap, so if you feel abundant as you're gathering up gifts, you're doing it right."
That was enough. Within minutes, the room was a swirl of bright movement and laughter. Jewel boxes and bronze sculptures were held up to the light, sweaters and capes and scarves tried on for size and color, hand tools examined for sharpness and heft.
Three or four people asked where they could find a closet or locker to stash the items they'd chosen to free their arms to pick up more. But those were the few. Essentially, it was a room full of people more focused on giving than getting.