Is It Better To Give Than To Receive?

It’s better to do both.

Today will begin and end like any other day, with one small exception.

I’ll crank up the morning by walking my dogs, Kona and Maxwell, and then get ready to head off to my first job of the day.  I’m blessed.  I have three jobs and not everybody can say that!

Oftentimes I think about the numbers of people who have been laid off or who have lost their jobs and I only wish I could give them one of mine.

Early on in the day, I give help to new breastfeeding moms at a small community hospital. What I receive in return is beyond measure.  The smiles and thank-you’s I get when I show first-time moms what to do and build their confidence are the greatest gifts in the world.

Lending office support, coordinating the online and offline marketing, and working with patients in an ophthalmology practice is the next order of the day.

Not a day goes by that my co-workers don’t show appreciation for my assistance.  They’re always telling me how happy they are that I came on board.  One of the technicians reminds me all the time that her day would not be “peachy” without me there.  She has a great sense of humor.

In the evenings, I have tons of fun teaching childbirth education classes.

Helping to alleviate the fears, worries, and apprehensions that expectant couples have about labor, birth, and postpartum adjustments isn’t really work – it’s a labor of love.

Teaching is one of my biggest passions in life.  What a gift to end the day with a job that allows me to follow my passion.

By now, you might be wondering what the one small exception is for today.

Today is my birthday.  I’ll be giving and receiving all day long. 🙂


  • Melanie. You are a beautiful lady, inside and out and I know I have been blessed by your presence in my life.
    Love you,

    • You’re the best birthday gift, Joyce! I’m so happy you stopped by today.

      And my life has been graced and enriched (tenfold!) by your friendship. 🙂

      Much love,

  • Melanie,

    Hearing from you is always the highlight of my day! Happy Birthday to you! Now I feel bad for all the information overload I’ve been giving you today 🙂


    • Thanks for the birthday wishes, Gwen, and don’t feel bad at all. We’re going to ROCK this thing!

      I’m just sorry I had such a full day with offline commitments today that I haven’t really had a chance to wallow in the joy of everything we’re creating together!

      YOU are the reason my birthday was extra extra special today. Thank You.


  • You say it is your birthday…Happy Birthday to you.

    Wow what a full life! And a very interesting area you work in. The new moms and babies are fortunate to have you. ( Not to mention Kona and Maxwell.)

    Hope you have a great day!

    • Sheila ~ you’re a sweetie and thanks for mentioning my two business partners. 🙂

      I’ve been in the field of obstetrics for many years and it’s one of those professions that puts a perpetual smile on your face!

      Had a very full and fulfilling day,

  • Hi Melanie,

    Your post probably wasn’t intended to make me laugh but when you said that you help new breastfeeding moms, that’s what I did. Wait! You see, it reminded me of the time (many, many moons ago) when I was breastfeeding. When someone finally came by to help me I was in tears and scared to pieces (totally engorged and in pain). I can just see you there with your new moms… the loving, wonderful, patient person that you are… I’m sure they just love you.

    I can see how the employees at your second job adore you and are so glad you’re there. You do brighten everyone’s days.

    Happy Birthday, lovely lady. May all your dreams come true!

    • I’ve wiped away a lot of tears throughout the past 25+ years, Deb — that’s for sure!

      Most pregnant women have this concept in their minds that breastfeeding should be “natural” and that the baby is going to instantly take to it like a fish to water. NOT ALWAYS THE CASE, is it? 🙂

      Thanks for the birthday wishes! I’ll be on my way out the door soon to teach my Lamaze class – the perfect way to “wrap” up my birthday.

      Much love,

  • Great post, what a wonderful life you are living! I am sure that everyone you touch truly appreciates it. Happy Birthday! You are truly blessed.

    • Thanks so much, Yvonne – wonderful to see you here today!

      Birthdays can be fun and you can receive lots of very special “gifts”, even if you’re working all day. 🙂