We have been picking and eating a lot of lettuce this summer. Our lettuce is still producing and it has done better this year than any other year. The only thing we did differently, was to pick it more regularly. It seems the more you pick, the more it grows. That doesn't seem to make sense on paper, but if you stop picking lettuce, it will start to go to seed pretty soon after.
So, how can this relate to life. Well, it seems that the more we share, the more we receive as well. Hoarding or being selfish just stops the flow of things. For example, when I was in college, someone told me that they didn't have any money left to buy food that week. I decided to give her $20 and just cut back on some things for myself. Coming home after I gave her the money, I looked in my wallet and there was the same amount of money there as there was before I gave her the money. I wish money multiplied like George Bailey had hoped when he put two dollars in the safe, but that is not the case. To this day, I don't have an answer as to how that happened, but it did.
Next example, a couple of years ago we gave some money to someone in need. Within a few days, we received an unexpected bonus from work. Mind you, we don't give things to others just to get something ourselves, but I have found over and over in my life that is the way it goes. You pass on your kids clothes to someone else and someone offers their kids clothes to you.
I have just found in my life that whenever I do things to bless others, my own life is blessed as well in so many ways.