Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another. —Erma Bombeck
The most precious time we will ever have we give away by doing volunteer chores to help others get more out of life. There is no material wage for this kind of work, but a host of emotional rewards. The height of volunteer giving is doing an act of kindness or love so quietly that none but ourselves will ever know we had a part in it.
What great humility this can bring to us, who live in a world where selfish people often insist on credit for all their deeds - often things they had nothing to do with.
All we need do is think of all we have received without deserving it or asking for it. By taking part in the giving end of life, we find the true wealth of our own generosity.
What secret gift can I give today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
We do reap, in some measure, at some time, what we sow. Our respect for others will result in kind. Our love expressed will return tenfold. The kindness we greet others with will ease their relations with us. We get from others what we give, if not at this time and place, at another. We can be certain that our best efforts toward others do not go unnoticed. And we can measure our due by what we give.
A major element of our recovery is the focus we place on our behavior, the seriousness with which we tackle our inventories. We can look at ourselves and how we reach out and act toward others; it is a far cry from where we were before entering this program. Most of us obsessed on "What he did to me," or "What she said." And then returned their actions in kind.
How thrilling is the knowledge that we can invite loving behavior by giving it! We have a great deal of control over the ebb and flow of our lives. In every instance we can control, our behavior. Thus never should we be surprised about the conditions of our lives.
Action for the Day: What goes around comes around. I will look for the opportunities to be kind and feel the results.
H O P E = Heart Open; Please Enter.
It doesn’t matter how impressive you appear to others, if you’re not happy and genuinely fulfilled. It doesn’t matter how much money you put into your bank account if you fail to put real, authentic living into your days.
Much of what you assume, in the urgency of the moment, to be important, is probably not so important. As the world’s complexity swirls fiercely around you, remind yourself of what truly matters.
By all means, set ambitious goals, plan, work and achieve. Just be sure there’s a good, solid, meaningful purpose behind it all.
Your life is yours to be lived with genuine richness. Use your time and your efforts to create valuable substance, not just to enhance your image.
You are so very much more than a mere status update. Open yourself to the full magnificent reality of your existence in each splendid moment.
Live wholly, feel deeply, and act boldly according to the truth of who you are. Commit yourself every day to the highest and best experience of your own miraculous life.
— Ralph Marston