First of all, I’d like to make note of something rather big: This is my 200th Post!
But the reason I am posting at 2:30 in the morning is not actually to have hit that milestone; I couldn’t sleep tonight so I decided to start reading the book 29 Gifts by Cami Walker.
From her webpage, here is Cami’s story behind the writing of this book, and the creation of a website inviting people to take part in their own 29 Gifts Challenge:
“The first day of my personal 29-Day Giving Challenge was preceded by a sleepless night. I was awake all night feeling angry and sorry for myself during a difficult flare up of my Multiple Sclerosis. When insomnia hits, I often go through old journals and read them. I found a note that I’d made during a phone session with one of my mentors several weeks before. The note said, “Give away 29 Gifts in 29 days.” It was 3 a.m. and I decided in that moment to take the suggestion.
And so my 29-Day Giving Challenge began that morning as I gave my first gift — a simple supportive phone call to another friend living with MS. I woke up the next day and the next day after that feeling excited about what I might give away. And I began to notice that the more I gave away, the more abundance I was experiencing for myself.
I wanted to see what would happen in my life if I really committed and focused my energy on giving for 29 days. What space would it create in my life for new and unexpected things to occur? What shifts would I see in my thinking and behavior as a result? What impact would my gifts have on others? These were just a few of the questions I was curious about in the beginning, but there’s no way I could have anticipated what unfolded for me.
By Day 29, I was astounded by the magical shifts in my life:
I was feeling happier, healthier, and more in awe with the everyday.
I found myself smiling and laughing more.
My body got stronger and I was able to stop walking with my cane by Day 14.
My business exploded with new, unexpected opportunities and I was able to go back to work part-time again after months of being too sick to work.
I began connecting with a community of new friends after feeling isolated and alone for several months.
My creativity opened up and I began writing stories regularly, which led to my first New York Times Bestselling book, 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life
The list of changes goes on and on. This is only the beginning.
When I started out, nothing was planned. I simply began the day and when I felt moved to give something, I did. Part of me initially wanted to plot out the 29 days and line up the things I was giving in my hallway so I had the illusion of knowing what to expect. But collapsing into that old, manipulative and controlling way of being would defeat the purpose of the experiment.
I documented what I gave away and any observations I made each day. I began to post stories at 29Gifts.org. Who knows, I thought, maybe others will decide to take the 29-Day Giving Challenge and experience a similar positive impact on their lives. So I decided to invite some friends to join me and and now thousands of people have joined us.
Our collective goal at 29Gifts.org is to create a worldwide revival of the giving spirit. We want to inspire more generosity on the planet and help our change lives, one gift at a time.
I hope you’ll decide to join in the fun and start giving.
Peace, light and good giving to you today. May you be the recipient of many gifts.”
I think I will partake in my own 29 day challenge, and I will do my best to keep you all updated on its progress. My gift for today, June 16, is to tell you about this book and invite you to try the challenge for yourself. Maybe it will change your life as much as it changed Cami Walker’s life!