What does that mean, giving of oneself? It seems more an older expression, which when you look it up connotes “to use one’s time and effort to help others.” Beyond the meaning, what does it feel like to be on the receiving end, when someone is there for us in this way where he/she really is giving of self?
Giving of oneself or receiving that level of energy can stand out from the usual. For example, it can feel warm and supportive when a friend accompanies you on a difficult errand, and just is present for what you need in that moment. When a person is giving of their time/energy, fully focused and considerate of you, that is quite different than someone in a hurry or not aware of what is happening. We might accompany others doing things, but how often are we there just for them with no other intention except to give and be present? And they for us?
We often think of giving in terms of material things like wrapped gifts, yet to give of oneself, with no true thought of what’s in it for me, is the art of giving. We are describing giving that very much relates to what the person needs or wants, not necessarily what we want to give or think they should want. Discretion and discernment are probably aspects of giving of oneself too. We want to ensure we aren’t exhausting ourselves, or being taken for granted, yet the giving of oneself in moments of need and care are beautiful, special gifts only we can give.