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Law of Giving
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"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."  Charles Dickens

This succinct thought from Mr. Dickens clarifies for me the need for community.  With the recent natural disasters both here in the US and overseas it is very clear we all need each other.  Should you ever feel unneeded or even uneccessary to the proper order of the universe just go out and lighten someone's burden -  you will quickly discover how important one person can be and how connected we are.  We need everyone who passes through our day if only to remind us what really makes us complete - and that is love, kindness and the giving of ourselves in even the seemingly smallest ways.

I wonder who might lighten your burden today should you have any?

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Give Harder
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Work hard, Play harder. We have all heard this survival term of life. The teeth gritting, white knuckled, heart pumping work ethic we pass down through generations. Listen up kids! This is life, give it all you got! And in exchange for your time and energy, you will be granted a wage. We exchange our days and nights for monetary gain. Society has taught us to define ourselves by our financial success and praise those who receive more.


But what if we changed this phrase, that has been so deeply rooted in the structure of our society. How different we would live, love and even work if the lesson was ‘Work Hard and Give Harder’? Instead of working to reward ourselves, we would strive to live a life to bless others.


In what area in your life could you give more?

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The Paradox of Giving

 I had gone a–begging from door to door in the village path, when thy golden chariot appeared in the distance like a gorgeous dream and I wondered who was this King of all kings! My hopes rose high and methought my evil days were at an end, and I stood waiting for alms to be given unasked and for wealth scattered on all sides in the dust.
The chariot stopped where I stood. Thy glance fell on me and thou camest down with a smile. I felt that the luck of my life had come at last. Then of a sudden thou didst hold out thy right hand and say ‘What hast thou to give to me?’
Ah, what a kingly jest was it to open thy palm to a beggar to beg! I was confused and stood undecided, and then from my wallet I slowly took out the least little grain of corn and gave it to thee.
But how great my surprise when at the day’s end I emptied my bag on the floor to find a least little gram of gold among the poor heap. I bitterly wept and wished that I had had the heart to give thee my all.

                                                Rabindranath Tagore

I love the unexpected, ironic ending to this story because I know the truth of it from experience.  I’ve learned the hard way that cautious, even stingy, withholding of whatever it is that I have to give, results in little return.  And I’ve found out that the times when I’ve given “my all”, risky or costly as it may be, it pays off royally.  The sacrifice involved in self-giving can be daunting, but as the throw-caution-to-the-wind beggar Francis of Assisi discovered, “it is in giving that we receive.”  

Can you think of times when you have found this to be true in your experience?

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