June 04, 2013
Receiving Followed By , ME Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 23
Still unsure of the “who and when” of what will and can be moved pre-movers. The movers are paid hourly. They really need to move the furniture, because, yeah, we’re all too old for that. So, it’s my hope to limit their time and effort to an affordable fee. My goal is to create many light boxes with the intent of moving and unpacking them, and reusing the boxes as more volunteers come into view. Then, plans (as they often do, especially mine) … run into an interesting snag.
Two helping hands scheduled for Saturday have canceled into four Wednesday helpers. Ok, I can adjust. I scramble a bit, packing a little less methodically, until I have a few more boxes stacked. I also, hopefully, line up a few lighter pieces of furniture that can easily travel in the back of an open truck if we can get them into the truck. While waiting, I’ve stuffed my car full, too. The momentum has begun.
I want to be fair and at least pay for the gasoline required to run around and up and out and down and in and up with my chicken/book/craft stuff. I think of it as an obligation to acknowledge help that was truly needed and an opportunity to give a gift. It turns out the recipients were reluctant and somewhat insulted. “It’s what you do for friends and family,” I am told. I think back on many situation where I had provided help of some sort. True enough, my friends never offered money. Most times, we were fed, or maybe rallied at the end of a long day at a local, but we mainly did it because we wanted to and because we knew it would be somewhat fun because we’d all be together. It’s important to be part of a community, to feel as if you’ve had a stake in helping someone else, and actively easing them into a new home.
My recent roster of “actives” have blessed me more than I could have imagined. On the heels of that, came a startling quote. Paul Coehlo wrote: “Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time.” Sometimes it comes back around, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it comes out of left field. Sometimes it’s been there all along simmering below the surface. Don’t let the simmering go on too long. Evaporation guarantees every pot will run out of fuel. Empty pots scorch and burn and become useless. That’s just a waste. I use to think love was a lot like fishing. The more lines you cast out, the better the chances of catching a heart.
Still, something about Coehlo’s quote bothered me. We should separate the two? Shouldn’t giving be followed by receiving? Why love if not to be loved in return? It took me while to find the hidden message there. Don’t love for any reason but to love. Love because you are loved already; by a great giving GOD. GOD’s love is limitless; you can never give too much. Believe and GOD will ensure - your supply will never run dry. This is how it must be: Receiving from GOD should be followed by Giving to others. It's just that simple. Just be a source. Love and love and love.
Posted by jaselin at June 4, 2013 05:44 PM