No-one has ever become poor from giving – Anne Frank
In life we always have a choice, to look after ourself, or choose to work with the whole. Of course, not every experience in life means we have to ignore our needs and consider others, but rather, remind ourselves to be conscious of our decisions.
It takes compassion and time to become aware of others and their needs. Sometimes it feels easier to just look after ourselves and yet, I always feel richer when I examine how my decision will affect those around me.
Often we feel we cannot give or consider those around us, out of a fear of scarcity. Coming together and sharing, requires us to be vulnerable, and takes courage to trust in a resolve, that in giving there will always be enough.
The story below helps us see where we can choose and expand our thoughts in life.
Two travellers are lost in the desert.
They are dying from hunger and thirst. Finally after many months, they come to a high wall. On the other side, they can hear the sound of a waterfall and birds singing. Above, they can see the branches of a lush tree extending over the top of the wall. It’s fruit looks plump and delicious.
One of the men manages to climb over the wall and disappears down the other side.
The other, instead, returns to the desert to help other lost travellers find their way to the oasis and over the wall.
“Non nobis solum nati sumus.
(Not for ourselves alone are we born.)” – Marcus Tullius Cicero