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Excerpted from A Deep Breath of Life by Alan Cohen. Copyright 1996 by Alan Cohen. Excerpted by permission of Hay House Publishers.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"When we stretch to serve another, we grow to live in a larger, more rewarding world."

  Alan Cohen, A Deep Breath of Life, Part 4

January 4
May I Feed You?

Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices.

Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.

- Katherine Mansfield

Waiting for the airplane to take off, I was happy to get a seat by myself. Just then, a flight attendant approached me and asked, "Would you mind changing your seat? A couple would like to sit together. " The only other available seat was next to a woman with both arms in casts, a black-and-blue face, and a gloomy aura. No way am I going to sit there, was my immediate thought. But then a deeper, quieter voice spoke, "Opportunity." I took my new seat and discovered that Kathy had been in an auto collision, and she was on her way for therapy.

When the snack of nuts and juice arrived, it did not take me long to realize that Kathy would not be able to feed herself. I considered offering to feed her but resisted, as it seemed too intimate a service to offer to a stranger. But then I decided that Kathy's need was more important than my discomfort. I offered to help her eat, and although she too was uncomfortable about accepting, she did. The experience was exhilarating, and she and I grew close in a short period of time. By the end of the five-hour trip, my heart was fully alive, and the time was infinitely better spent than if I had just sat by myself.

I was very glad I had reached beyond my comfort zone to sit next to Kathy and feed her. Love always flows beyond human borders and dissolves the fears that keep us separate. When we stretch to serve another, we grow to live in a larger, more rewarding world.

Help me move beyond the small self so I can connect with the hearts of others.

When I give love to another, I feed my own soul.

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