Tuesday, March 13, 2007

You've Gotta Give If You Want To Receive

Hello all,

I was browsing through some stories online when I found a story on NPR online that originally aired on NPR's All Things Considered radio show back in April of 2005. The title of the segment was In Giving, I Connect With Others.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

"I have lived with passion and in a hurry, trying to accomplish too many things. I never had time to think about my beliefs until my 28-year-old daughter Paula fell ill. She was in a coma for a year and I took care of her at home, until she died in my arms in December of 1992."

"Paralyzed and silent in her bed, my daughter Paula taught me a lesson that is now my mantra: You only have what you give. It's by spending yourself that you become rich.

Paula led a life of service. She worked as a volunteer helping women and children, eight hours a day, six days a week. She never had any money, but she needed very little. When she died she had nothing and she needed nothing. During her illness I had to let go of everything: her laughter, her voice, her grace, her beauty, her company and finally her spirit. When she died I thought I had lost everything. But then I realized I still had the love I had given her."

"Because of Paula, I don't cling to anything anymore. Now I like to give much more than to receive. I am happier when I love than when I am loved. I adore my husband, my son, my grandchildren, my mother, my dog, and frankly I don't know if they even like me. But who cares? Loving them is my joy.

Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine."

To read the complete article, please go to this page on NPR's website.

Give to receive. We've all heard it a million times, but how many of us actually practice this approach to life on a daily basis? If more people did, life would be a whole lot easier for us all.

Make it a great day!


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