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Monday, June 7, 2010

Until When Can You Give Without Expecting?


As Christians we were taught that Jesus said, "If someone takes your shirt, let him have your coat as well," or something like that. We were told to give more than we receive. To give without expecting, but joy, a feeling of peace and love, of brotherhood and camaraderie.

But until when? I'd say until you're bled dry. Seriously.
Let me share my point of view.
While reading the book A NEW EARTH by Eckhart Tolle, I am enlightened with the fact that we often define ourselves with the things we accumulate. We attached ourselves to many a thing of beauty, gadgetry, aesthetics and identity enhancers that once we are parted from them we most often than not feel helpless, empty, reduced to a nobody. We identify ourselves with most things that makes feel better than anyone else, unique, special, one of a kind. We love to be admired for what we have and unfortunately, not for what we are.

How is that? Let's simply put it this way, you own the latest mobile phone, with all its applications and prestige, you are proud of it, and you feel special. You depend your life on it for communication, schedules, information and what have you. Imagine losing it, imagine how you'd feel? I bet you'll be angry as hell, you'll be cursing and crying your heart out for the lost of the very thing that "defines" you.

Let's say, someone asked you to give it as a gift, are you willing to part from it? Once more,I bet, you won't. Not that we should not be giving, but the very thing that, again, "defines" you, are you willing to give it away? You won't.

Now let me ask you this question, can you realize that you'll have to let go of the phone at some point , perhaps sooner than you know? How long will it take you to be ready to let it go? Will you become less of a person when you give it away? Has YOU been reduced to a lesser degree?

Have you?

Whatever your answer will be depends on how you are attached to the very thing that "defines" you.

Eckhart said "Whenever you completely accept a loss, you go beyond (ego), and who you are." It does not mean we will let people just take whatever they want from us, but instead it simply mean that "sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on."

So to give or not to give, it's all up to you, one can only have an open heart and mind and the sincerity to be able to give without any remorse or regret and most importantly expecting anything in return. Be careful though, cause sometimes being too giving is also another way of "defining" yourself, a way of attracting emphaty so people would praise you, which you "expect" thus losing the "sincerity" of the act.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, " Jesus said, "for theirs will be the kingdom of heaven." - No inner baggages, nothing to hang on to, nothing to be identified with, not with things or any concepts that defines the self, being "poor in spirit." The "kingdom of heaven" is simply that inner joy that brings peace within you that is (always) there when you let go.

15 comments:

  1. Beauty, unaccompanied by virtue, is as a flower without perfume...................................................

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  2. 當一個人內心能容納兩樣相互衝突的東西,這個人便開始變得有價值了。...........................................................................

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  3. 很棒的分享~留言支持!.................................................................                           

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  4. 安安唷~~幸運的日子送給妳(你)滿滿的幸福,也祝福你天天都開心唷..................................................................

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  5. 喔!最悲慘的事並非夭折早逝,而是當我活到七十五歲,卻發現自己從未真正活過。.......................................................

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  6. Translation:

    June 10 - "When a person's heart can hold different conflicting things, this man started to become worthwhile"

    June 14 - "Discouraged is shaky start, the failure of the neighbors shaken"

    June 29 - "Great share ~ message support! . "

    July 3 - "Maturity is the ability to adapt to life in the fuzzy"

    July 10 - "Such a good blog, see later how to do ah! ! "

    July 12 - "Anger is a moment of madness "

    July 14 - "Having a dream 啦 ~ ~ Come on! "

    July 14 - "Ann yo ~ ~ lucky day to give you (you) full of happiness, and we wish you happy every day, yo. "

    July 16 -"Happiness is not the key, only the ladder "

    July 19 - "Oh! The most tragic early death do not die, but when I live to be 70-year-old, but found that he had never really lived. "

    July 21 - "Pro deep envy of fish, as retreat networking "

    Thank you guys for sharing, but I rally appreciate it if it is in English.

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