Monthly Archives: October 2017

Expect Nothing in Return

Even after all this time, the sun doesn’t say to the earth, “now you owe me…..”  Hafiz

This statement is part of a short poem written centuries ago. You can get the rest of it online. This part of it really spoke to me because it talk about one failing attribute of the human condition.

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All of us, me included, if we give, give, give, and never receive, would stop giving if the person we were giving to was capable of doing likewise. If we were the ones always paying, always bringing the coffee, always cleaning, always volunteering, and our actions were not reciprocated, we would probably stop doing whatever it was we were doing. At least we would complain or slow down.

To find someone who would joyfully continue the one-sided activity, someone who doesn’t care that the other person or people, who are capable of doing the same thing but choose not to, is like looking for my buddy Paul at Curves.

On the other hand, most of us would have no problem helping someone who was not capable of reciprocating. Sometimes. Say someone doesn’t have a car so they ask you to do their groceries for them every week. You would do it happily for a time. Eventually you might want gas money, or want not to be taken for granted, or they better not refuse to look after your dog.

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How do I know this? Because that is how I would feel. Sadly, there are very few Mother Teresas in the world.

We should all be like the Sun. What can the Earth give the Sun? A place to shine? To warm up? There are plenty of locations for the Sun to share its glory.  If the Earth ceased to exist, the Sun would continue to thrive. If the Sun ceased to exist, God help us all.

Jesus says,” Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.” Matt 5:42.

He also said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35.

We should all make an effort to be generous expecting nothing in return. Ever.