One of my favourite movies of all time is “Pay it forward”. I love the notion of giving something of yourself away for all that we receive. We have not had the best year, but despite the trials we have not been moved out of a perpetual state of abundance. Food (mostly delicious) to eat, soft warm beds to sleep in, folk to love us and cheer us on; we discovered that we had more than what we needed.
Despite what you may feel about your current personal circumstances, I think you may live in that state too because finances shouldn’t and really don’t determine your abundance. That being said, the challenge I have set myself this Christmas time is to give from a heart of abundance, give the love, give the gratefulness, make room in my heart for more.
Would you this year consider it too? Consider how you give? Consider adding to that Spiderman suit, roller-skates set, socks a big ol’ healthy loving helping of you? Give with the only motivation to bless. Be a giver.
If you have the time read this lovely story; otherwise skip to the bottom to see the name of the winner of pomegranate days First (and best eva) GIVEaway…
A young man, a student in one of our universities, was one day taking a walk with a professor, who was commonly called the students’ friend, from his kindness to those who waited on his instructions. As they went along, they saw lying in the path a pair of old shoes, which they supposed to belong to a poor man who was employed in a field close by, and who had nearly finished his day’s work.
The student turned to the professor, saying: “Let us play the man a trick: we will hide his shoes, and conceal ourselves behind those bushes, and wait to see his perplexity when he cannot find them.”
“My young friend,” answered the professor, “we should never amuse ourselves at the expense of the poor. But you are rich, and may give yourself a much greater pleasure by means of the poor man. Put a coin into each shoe, and then we will hide ourselves and watch how the discovery affects him.”
The student did so, and they both placed themselves behind the bushes close by. The poor man soon finished his work, and came across the field to the path where he had left his coat and shoes. While putting on his coat he slipped his foot into one of his shoes; but feeling something hard, he stooped down to feel what it was, and found the coin. Astonishment and wonder were seen upon his countenance.
He gazed upon the coin, turned it round, and looked at it again and again. He then looked around him on all sides, but no person was to be seen. He now put the money into his pocket, and proceeded to put on the other shoe; but his surprise was doubled on finding the other coin. His feelings overcame him; he fell upon his knees, looked up to heaven and uttered aloud a fervent thanksgiving, in which he spoke of his wife, sick and helpless, and his children without bread, whom the timely bounty, from some unknown hand, would save from perishing.
The student stood there deeply affected, and his eyes filled with tears. “Now,” said the professor, “are you not much better pleased than if you had played your intended trick?”
The youth replied, “You have taught me a lesson which I will never forget. I feel now the truth of those words, which I never understood before: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
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