Ripples #684: Giving to Get!
For our tribe of 31,161 busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.
The function of freedom is to free somebody else.
-Maya Angelou, submitted by Kalia in Sebastopol, CA
There is a wonderful, mythical law of nature
that the three things we crave most in life
happiness, freedom, and peace of mind
are always attained by giving them to someone else.
-Peyton C. March, submitted by Karissa in Sheboygan, WI
Many of us recognize the wisdom of “giving to get” even if we don’t always remember to act on it. As those of us here in the USA prepare to celebrate our Independence Day, I invite all of our ripplers to remember that freedom isn’t free. Many people made significant contributions and sacrifices so that we might live with many possibilities to choose from.
A good way to honor our own freedom is to spend some time and energy helping others expand *their* possibilities. Keep your eyes out this week for an opportunity to spend a few minutes helping a friend or stranger in need. Your patience and kindness will not only help them; you’ll likely notice how much more you recognize and savor your *own* freedom!