“We live in a world in which we are dependent on others; we cannot expect to fulfill our goals while disregarding others’ needs” ~ Dalai Lama
I can remember back to when I was a child, I’ve always been a nurturer. Maybe it has something to do with me being the eldest of 3 siblings that I evolved into a mothering person, feeling as though it’s my duty to care after loved ones and their best interest. I was not expecting reciprocation, but signs of appreciation was my gratification. Maybe I was born with a helpful spirit.
Be it as it may, I am a believer that we do unto others as we would like to be done unto us. There are plenty occasions where I’ve bent over backwards to make someone feel included, comfortable, safe, happy, and even worthy (and times when I haven’t). Who doesn’t appreciate those feelings? I love to be on the receiving end of acts of kindness whether random or intentional, great and small! I also know that my blessings may not be returned by the person to whom I’d been a blessing- my mother, children or even great grandchildren can very well benefit from a simple genuine and kind gesture that I performed, and that’s fine with me.
Sometimes giving (money, time, and even a smile) can be a little uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a cheerful charitable child of God! I have a lot on my table, but to whom much is given much is required, and when I am called upon to help, I’ve learned to Stop Drop and Roll when I am chosen to be a blessing, even if it’s at an inconvenient time…I must Stop (and put myself in that person’s shoes) Drop (what I’m doing or what I believe my plan for the moment is) and Roll (with the waves and let generosity and kindness carry me to where I need to be in order to carry out His plan). And if (which is almost always the case) I am in line with the divine plan- whatever it is that I had to put on hold will come together better than I could have ever imagined! I’ve put this to the test and so should you! Be a blessing! Be well! Be balanced! C’est la vie!