Saturday, October 29, 2005

Life is For Giving

"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy." -Rabindranath Tagore, philosopher, author, songwriter, painter, educator, composer, Nobel laureate (1861-1941)

How can life be joy?
How can life be fun. safe and easy?
How can I be fulfilled and happy?
Are these not the questions you might have for me?

Life is for giving.
Life is forgiving yourself for not giving.
When you are giving your best, your forget the rest.
When you are giving your Love, you remember your Love.
When you are giving your help, you feel valued and helpful.
When you are giving your wisdom, you remember the wisdom you have.
When you are giving your kindness, you feel good about being kind.
When you are giving your forgiveness, your release you bad feelings.
When you are giving with joy, you feel happy and whole.

What we give, we truly do receive.
When giving with joy and gratitude, we receive joy and gratitude.
When giving with obligation and resentment, we receive fatigue and disappointment.
When giving with love and warmth, we receive loving ourselves and good feelings.

In fear, the culture becomes defensive, protective and self-serving.
In despair, the people become needy and greedy wanting always more.
In isolation, the families become separated, lonely and divisive.
In defensiveness, the government becomes deceitful, secretive and corrupt.

When the people are afraid, they depend on their families.
When families are afraid, they depend on their leaders.
When the leaders are afraid, they depend on the economy.
When there is fear, the economy is contracted, the leaders are righteous and the people are not heard.

Yes, it is time for a change.
We must change from within.
We can find meaning in nature.
We can find a reason for giving in our children.
We can begin by taking a walk and giving thanks to our Earth, our water, our air.
Ask, "Where can I begin today to love someone in a helpful way?"

Let us begin.
Loving you,
Betty Lue