Today’s Gem of Insight #143

Mercy

Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that we must never forget to extend mercy to others, especially those who need it the most. Oftentimes it’s not easy, and sometimes it really requires us to stretch ourselves beyond what we ever thought was imaginable. But we must find a way to do it, just as we must find a way to allow it to positively affect us and help us to become the absolute best versions of ourselves that are possible. #lovebythedrop

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Today’s Gem of Insight #124

IMG_4439Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that spare change can change your life. Most of us, on any given day, find ourselves in the possession of some loose change, whether it’s because we purchase something and receive change from that purchase or we stumble across some loose change amongst the cushions of a sofa. 

Now, there are a number of things that we can do with that change – feed a parking meter, pay a toll booth, or even buy a pack of gum. Or, if we are feeling generous, we can give that money to someone who is in need. Sure, it may not be a lot of money to us, but to someone who is in need it can be the difference between having a full stomach or an empty belly.

The truth of the matter is that giving that change to a person who is in need has the potential to do so much more than solely offer the provision of a meal. Giving that money to a person who is in need has the potential to reinforce the existence of human kindness, as well as fill both the giver and the recipient with a heightened sense of compassion and joy, blessing both the giver and recipient simultaneously. 

The blessings that we experience when we give to those who are in need are immeasurable and incomparable, and my hope is that we will all give it a try. #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Insight #100

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Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that it’s okay to allow others to do nice things for us. I recently wrote a blog entry that concerned allowing others to help us, and this blog entry is an extension of that one, in that it focuses on allowing others to do nice things for us (i.e. give us gifts, treat us to dinner, etc.)

Sure, many of us are rather independent and want to ensure that we do not give others the impression that we are trying to get things from them. But it is possible to accept nice things from people without taking advantage of them or giving the impression that we are trying to take advantage of them.

It is all in the attitude with which you accept the gift. Accepting gifts with humility, appreciation, and consideration helps us to accept gifts in a manner that keeps the generosity of the gift giver in the forefront of our minds, which helps us to avoid developing an entitlement mentality, keeping us from venturing into the realm of taking advantage of the individuals who do nice things for us.

Sure, it may be harder for some of us to do this than others, but it is doable as long as we commit ourselves to focusing on accepting gifts with an attitude of humility, appreciation, and consideration, knowing that at some point we will feel the urge to do something nice for those who do nice things for us and have the opportunity to bless them. And blessing others is really what it’s all about. #lovebythedrop