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Excerpted from Wisdom Bowls by Meredith Young-Sowers. Copyright © 2002 by Meredith Young-Sowers. Excerpted by permission of Stlilpoint Publishing. 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.
"Sharing with others is like owning a goose that lays golden eggs."
Wisdom Bowls, Part 4
Selfless Service to Others
Service to others means that we are willing to share. It doesn't mean
that we must have to be saints or entirely selfless people. It means we
have a part of us that isn't solely self-focused; we can peek out over
the edge of our full lives to care about others. Service is an
opportunity to grow our capacity to love. And because love is the energy
of life, the more we love, the stronger, healthier, and happier we are.
Loving others doesn't mean they will love us. Sharing with others
doesn't mean they will share with us. We're sharing because it's
important to us. There is no explanation for the charge we feel when we
share with others. You have to try it to believe how wonderful it makes
you feel. Sharing small things can make a difference to someone. Sharing
doesn't mean depleting your resources; quite the contrary. Sharing
creates abundance to meet your needs, with resources still left to
Keeping the Energy Moving
Create a plan for yourselves that shows how you can manage each of
the seven practices each day. Into your plan, integrate your usual
schedule so that you can decide how, what, and when you will perform
each practice. Otherwise, days fly past, and even with the best of
intentions you never get to the practices that can change your life in
the ways you most desire. While we're all short on time, we do find the
time for what we prioritize as essential to our health and to our mental
and spiritual well-being. By combining some of the practices, you can
easily cover them all in a day.