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Generosity

April 7, 2012

You give but little when you give of your possessions.

It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

~Kahlil Gibran

It is our responsibility to keep atoms cycling and not hoard possessions. Closets full of clothes, cupboards full of food, basements full of discards should be cleansed. Sell items in tag sales, to consignment shops. Give items away, to community centers, to those who will use it. Please keep things that you use and have meaning to you. But ask yourself whether each purchase is essential and decide what you will pass along if it enters your house. This is also true for money. Please keep what you need and use it to provide for yourself and your family. But pass along a good portion of what is yours, because the wealth of this Earth really belongs to her.

Once we have done that and removed ourselves from the attachment to physical things, we open up the way to be more generous with what really matters. Our heart, our time, our energy. Sometimes it is hard to open our hearts. We have been hurt, we have lost trust. When we change our focus and realize that we can love regardless of the other’s response, we see that giving helps us more than anyone else. For, if we can give in that manner, we have tapped into a source of endless love that will be with us, no matter what.

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4 Comments
  1. You’re quite right. Once we can still love no matter what the response, we’ve conquered our soul. There is no way to make somebody appreciate you or behave the way you expect.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. My husband is a Stanley in England, descended from the Stanleys who fought by King Harold’s side at the battle of Hastings.

    • Francene: yes, we are the only ones we can change. Thanks for the info about your Stanley name. I’ve written a historical fiction book about gypsies in Connecticut in the 1850s and Stanley was a common name.

  2. thepinkrachael permalink

    You’re definitely right about the full cupboards and closets! As a clothes lover, I know lots of friends who have cupboards heaving with stuff, but although I buy quite a bit, I don’t buy cheap ‘disposable’ fashion and I have a clear out about 3 or 4 times a year and give whatever I no longer wear to the local clothing bank. It’s only a small thing, but little by little…

  3. The Pink Rachael: Little by little, step by step, that’s the only way!

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