Archive for July, 2012

Gifting

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

BI FINAL

Give what you have . . . from inside.

There’s a lot of wealth in there:

A reminder to a co-worker about a great idea she had.

A message to a boy about what it takes to be a good man.

Sharing the load of someone’s grief.

Two bags of food to someone who needs it.

Time . . . to listen attentively to a girl’s story.

A strong arm for walking an elderly woman across the street.

Mowing a neighbor’s lawn.

Revealing to a colleague a secret to company success.

Publicizing the success of a colleague.

Twirling, falling and swinging with a toddler.

A call to someone just to see how they are.

Saying “I understand” and meaning it..

Sitting close and saying little, when he needs it.

Leaving an inspirational statement on a desk.

Telling someone – lots of some ones – how they make your world better.

Giving your time knowing you’re giving your life.

Handing resources to someone who can never repay you.

Slipping in a kind word on an apparently difficult day.

Telling a great joke and enjoying others’ laughter.

Leaving a banana with a message: “You’re the top banana!”

Leaving an apple with a message: “You’re the apple of my eye.”

Leaving a piece of yourself, with no intention of getting it back.

Saying grace and giving grace.
 
Do one of these today . . . and one tomorrow . . . and tomorrow . . . .

Precious Gift

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

 

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains

found a precious stone in a stream.

The next day she met another traveler who was hungry,
and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food.

The hungry traveler saw the precious stone

and asked the woman to give it to him.

She did so without hesitation.

The traveler left rejoicing in his good fortune.
He knew the stone was worth enough to give him
security for a lifetime.

But, a few days later,
he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

“I’ve been thinking,” he said. “I know how valuable this stone is,
but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something
even more precious.

Give me what you have within you that
enabled you to give me this stone.”

Sometimes it’s not the wealth you have
but what’s inside you that others need