When you give to others, does it come back to you?

Boomerangs have always intrigued me- you toss them out to the world and they always comes back to you. I have discovered that giving to others does the same thing……

When I was growing up, I would take my mom’s fabric remnants and use her sewing machine to make some fun and funky garmets-like tops with only one sleeve and fancy pants with zippers down the front of each leg that would open way up to the top of each thigh. Then I would dress up in these and pretend I was a sexy dancer….

Since then, I always had my own sewing machine for any fun or necessary projects-from making unique pillows to heming my pants. Actually I should say that I HAD a sewing machine until about 8 years ago when I met Kathy, a single mom who was struggling to provide for her young daughter.

Kathy not only loved to sew, but found she could save alot of money by making all the clothes she and her daughter needed. (She also had a friend who owned a fabric shop and gave her discounts) One day when I was visiting her, Kathy was in a very low emotional place because her sewing machine had died on her. She didn’t have money to buy another one and her daughter needed a costume for a school event.

Although I knew I’d miss it immensely, I gave Kathy my machine that day and was glad I could help her.

Soon after that , Kathy moved away and I haven’t thought of her in a long time. But in the last few weeks , I’ve thought of how nice it would be to be able to alter some clothes and  get serious about a garmet line I’ve been thinking of creating.

And a few days ago, out of the blue,  I received a phone call from my web designer telling me she had a family sewing machine that she’d like to gift someone…

Now as I look at my gift-

the  sewing machine -I am remembering Kathy and the one I gave her 8 years ago -There’s a saying ” what goes around , comes around.”…and like a boomerang , I see that my gifting a sewing machine has come back to my being gifted one.

Random Acts of kindness DO come back around.

Have you seen how your good actions have come back to you in wonderful ways? I’d love to have you leave a comment sharing them.



About lynadawn

Faux finisher certified w/ City and Guilds of London Dec Art and Restoration. Author, teacher, consultant, co-host Artistically Speaking Radio Show. Also creative brainstormer, love to laugh, latte anyone?
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6 Responses to When you give to others, does it come back to you?

  1. JulesPaige says:

    Random acts of kindness, Paying it Forward, karma – all a circles. I think writing sometimes is like that too. In this web age one doesn’t always know where their words are going. And when someone replies with a nod and a smile – sometimes that is enough to make every word worth its’ weight in treasured dreams.

    I thought I’d get remarried in my wedding gown for my twenty-fifth. Better it should be donated to a place that fixes them up and gives them away for free. After seven years I still don’t know if it ever has been used. But it doesn’t matter. All that matters it that the gown is available and not in a box in the attic.

    • lynadawn says:

      You are so right, Jules.
      I never really take time to think about the ripples that words, once read can create….
      and how wonderful you must feel to think that some new bride might enjoy your lovely wedding dress as you did…

  2. Cindy says:

    Boomerang is an interesting analogy, and I agree. People (like you Lyna!) who join the world with an open giving heart seem to have a magnetic force.

  3. Linda Leyble says:

    Hi Lyna…Thanks so much for commenting on my blog. I LOVE your work and your creative spirit.

    This story was so wonderful to read. I do believe that you get back from the universe double or triple of what you give. I am happy with the fact that I actually do have something that I can give – many people can’t even say that. In the blog world – I have given a lot of information and help over the years and I have found that more and more other artists’ input on projects and ideas just fall in to my lap when I least expect it. Just yesterday a woman I met through my blog sent me a free ebook on how to do mosaics. How did she even that I had beem thinking about doing a mosaic project. The world is a wonderful place!

    Thanks for your artwork and your blog!


    • lynadawn says:

      Thank you so much for reading my blog and for your comment…..I love the synchronicity that happens when your heart is open to community.
      Your receiving a book that mirrors your desires is a great example of this!
      So glad we connected.

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