Yesterday’s topic was a little out of the way, even for me. On the other hand, this is what being a “free mind” is about. No topic is forbidden and there is no editor to bug this writer… How ’bout that for freedom of choice?
As a friend said to me last night on the phone… “That’s a deep topic, honey…” Yes, indeed! There are many ramifications to the concept of “renaissance” and what its connotation(s) is(are) … Warning: What follows may … or not … be related. Don't say I did not warn you ...
We have become awfully busy within our worlds, often forgetting there are myriads of parallel and congruent worlds out there; worlds with which we constantly interact. No, nothing “paranormal” or mystical, much simpler than this. Each one of the people with whom we come into contact, is a world unto him/herself. We wander in and out of those worlds (as they do ours), more often than not without even realizing that particular biosphere is actually inhabited by another human being and mind.
I wonder if you, who are reading this, can actually recollect those people with whom you have interacted over the last 5 days. That’s right … only 5 days. I bet you will remember those few who had a special meaning or who had a noticeable impact on your life, regardless of the reason. Yet, if you really think back, there are probably many others with whom you came into contact and who have been totally wiped from your memory banks.
There are human beings who are actually quite capable of remembering every person and of having made some sort of an impact on most lives they touch. No, not Mother Theresa… individuals like her come one in a million… Those to whom I refer are regular, every day folk… like you and I. And I do not mean they make a sizeable impact always. Sometimes just being able to bring a quick smile to a person’s face; or to be able to lighten a load (mental/emotional) for a fleeting moment … perhaps it is by making that person feel a little better about him/herself for an instant… Those are the impacts that will be remembered by the recipients, as well as by the givers.
There is really nothing that will make someone feel better than sharing whatever earthly wealth is available to him or her with someone who is in need. Sometimes this is not material wealth, but the wealth of time and caring which, when all is said and done, is the most important gift we can share with another person. We have come to culturally accept that money takes the place of everything else in life. Those who do not blindly share this financial obsession are looked down on, as if they belonged to another world.
Sometimes we (as in the “Royal We”) make a guilt driven internal commitment to help others in need. Yet, as we go out into the streets and actually come across someone who obviously fits this description, the first impulse is to cross the street, to get away. Mentally, we tell ourselves that we “give at the church” or office; let “them” handle it … they are better equipped to do it ... In all this process, what we are really saying is… “I don’t want to get involved … that takes time and effort”
All too many times, when our own children look to us for guidance, the automatic reaction is to open the wallet and bring out the pacifiers in the form of dollar bills or credit cards and all the meaningless things these can purchase. More often than not, the only thing our children are looking to get is some attention and time … tempered by a little love. Is this so hard to give? Has our time, as parents and/or adults, become so incredibly precious that we can’t even dole out some of it to those who are to become our most important legacy in this life? I think not; perhaps this is more a statement that mirrors how incredibly selfish we have allowed ourselves to become.
Think through to your own childhood. Perhaps the electronic gadgetries were in their infancy or not even available, and their becoming the babysitters of choice was still a sad alternative in the future. Remember a hug from your parents or grandparents? A word of advise? An endearment? A shared homework? A walk around the block? A stern look to let you know you were in the wrong? A smile and a kiss to let you know you were in the right? These make up the kind of wealth that can never be bought; but it is the wealth that, when shared, brings the most joy to the receiver and to the giver.
Share your time, your mind and yourself with those who are in need and, especially, with your growing children. The yield on this investment will be far more than any material returns you may be able to get anywhere.
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