Give Away What You Love to Benefit Another Soul

Vincent Van Patten

Give away what you don’t need, as well as what you’d rather keep

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It can be emotional to give our things away. We feel what we own is ours. We’ve worked for them, we’ve paid for them, and at one point, they meant something special to us.

Our things remind us of our memories; saying goodbye to them is letting go of the past. Yet, when an experience truly matters, the memory will always remain in our hearts.

I’m in the midst of packing for a move, a rewarding opportunity to simplify, de-clutter, and give away what I no longer need. While that does feel genuine, I’m striving to take it a step further. I’m giving away a few things I still love, too.

There will always be more stuff in our lives. Yet, I believe it’s a valuable skill to get comfortable with less. When we give, we can only benefit from a clearer mind and a cleaner space.

Our clothes are an excellent place to start. When that shirt hangs in the closet for over a year doing nothing but loosening its threads and taking up space, what’s the point of holding on?

It’s easy to say I’ll wear it someday, but if it’s not an essential piece of your wardrobe, let it go. Be generous, and give the gift to someone who needs it more.

When we’re able to say goodbye without wishing for anything in return, then giving benefits the giver as much as it does the receiver. All things come back around when we give from a place of love.

We shouldn’t only give away our unwanted things. What about giving away your favorite shirt that sits perfectly folded, the barely used shoes you tell yourself you’ll wear, or the book that brings you joy whenever you glimpse at the title?

Give away what you love, and that love will benefit another soul. Giving a piece of your heart to a stranger, either person to person, or through an organization where it will be shipped to another part of the world, creates a connection with the universe.

I’ll never forget being in a grocery store in Tokyo with one of my best friends. We were checking out, and the cashier recognized the Los Angeles skate brand, Rip City Skates, on my friend’s bright red hoodie.

His eyes blossomed and his face flushed with excitement. My friend noticed, and took his favorite sweatshirt off his back and gave it to the cashier.

He didn’t know what to say. The man was simply grateful.

My friend left a piece of his heart on the other corner of the globe. He loved that sweatshirt, which made it all the more special to give away.

I’ll always remember my friend’s beautiful gesture. It inspired me to strive to find opportunities to be generous and brighten some unsuspecting person’s day.

Give what you love. Give what you can, and make the world a better place.

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My name is Vincent Van Patten. This is my home, a place to share who I am and what lights my soul on fire. I’m a writer, media creator, and co-host of The Dare to Dream Podcast. Most importantly, I’m an inspired citizen of our ever-changing world. I strive to learn all that I can about how we’ve progressed to where we are today as individual cultures and as a planet. It’s my passion to fill every day with exploration and creativity no matter where I am, whether in California crafting my latest project or on my way to discover someplace new. By writing about my experiences, connecting with people and the earth, and remaining present, I always feel at home. I write to express my perspective of daily living, from the thoughts in my head to the relationships we share as human beings. I write about travel, culture, books, life, philosophy, spirituality, health, self-improvement, and history. I also write poetry and short stories  —  doing so soothes the soul. I believe we’re here to challenge ourselves by questioning all we think we know. When we do, we open our minds to a way of living we could never have imagined. This life is a journey with no finish line in sight. I hope to leave a positive impact with every step I take.

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