I was introduced to a small group of women by my friend, Brandi Jex. A fellow Prescottonian, dear friend and health professional, Brandi played a song by Jason Mraz called, “Wise Woman,” which featured the following lyrics: “She’s a real wise woman with so much love to give – She gives so much ‘cause she stays in touch with what her truest nature is, Yeah, she’s a wise, wise woman, woman, woman She keeps my mind open, mind open, yeah She’s a wise, wise woman, woman, woman She keeps her heart open, heart open.”
I can speak for myself and say that this year has been challenging, to say the least. Personally and professionally, the hurdles I have pushed through have opened my eyes to the power and celebration of giving. People who know me would say I give with my heart. I believe I have received that gift from my late grandmother, Betty Scardine, as well as my mother and father and God!
The true spirit of giving is doing for others with no expectation of gain. It might be a gift you bought, one you made, or the gift of time or volunteering to benefit others. Giving means different things to different people and that’s how it should be. Giving is an emotion.
Some giving practices that our company, Goods from the Garden, carry out are meals to those in need, sponsorships of culinary experiences to local organizations, a comfortable venue at the Garden Event Center (located at the Prescott Gateway Mall), where local groups plan for making the greater Prescott community stronger. Time is another great practice. My husband, Richard Maranville, works with teams on the YMCA Board of Directors and Kind Defined.
In October, Goods from the Garden was recognized for Excellence in Philanthropy in the Prescott Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. We were caught off guard and were honored in the most beautiful way. We do what we do! We are passionate about giving.
I look forward to the spirit of giving, which I put forward for the New Year. I will also give myself time to recharge and keep my heart open to celebrate with family and friends.
Food is thy medicine. May all your culinary experiences give you joy! QCBN
By Debbie Maranville
Debbie Maranville is the co-owner of Goods from the Garden and The Natural Healing Garden. She can be reached at 928-237-3214/ firstname.lastname@example.org
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