A Little on My Mind

It's been prominent on my mind these past few months that we almost never get sufficient gratitude from where we invest our immense acts of kindness, nor do we get enough from those we expect so much from. Not that we always want something back when we give, but it seems to me that, a lot of times when I give somewhere, I get from another: an unexpected someone. This is a beautiful thing. It certainly encourages that we give without expecting anything from those we do so with; that we wait to be surprised by them that the Universe so chooses to give back to us, when it's our turn to be helped.
 [ Art Work by Sue Forey of SueForeyfiberart on Etsy ]
Working in a place that encouraged tipping, I was often surprised, and not often amused that the customers who demanded more than their money's worth, and who recieved far greater service than is the norm, were often those who demanded even more, left unsatisfied, and left the tip jar empty, or with a quarter or two. And those to whom I barely gave my full attention, were often those who embarrassed me by leaving more in the jar.

I like to make note of these things, and I am sharing them with you because I think it is significant that we watch out for things as such. The world, though home, is a place that we will never fully comprehend, and so are the people we call brothers, friends, mothers, lovers, neighbors, peers and so on. Expect nothing from anybody, and give as much as you can, and you often find yourself grateful, you often find that you take very little for granted, you often find yourself touched by someone's awesomeness, and best of all you feel happier, you smile at everyone because it's okay if they don't smile back. ;)

Don't leave me hanging. Let me know what you think in the comment box. Thank you.


Comments

  1. Hi Jane
    Your observations are so true. When I moved in to a new area I played a game of smiling at everyone I came across even if they looked really grumpy and guess what? Almost all of them smiled back and some became good friends.Being kind and friendly makes the world a better place. I hope that my art brings a smile to someone's face. Thank you for including it in your blog.

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    1. Very cool, Sue! Your art's already got me smiling. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Truth! Give as much as you can, keep a positive attitude, and know that in life if you stay that way you will get your due reward :) Great post Jane...really enjoy reading what you share on your space on the web :) Peace

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    1. Aww InI, thanks woman! It's funny, but I was thinking a little of you when I wrote this. You've been nothing but awesome to me. Thanks so much for being so cool. And thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  3. Honestly never saw it like this but I like this perspective. Sometimes I get angry with myself for giving to someone who doesn't seem to reciprocate.

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  4. Ah, Nina, but that's alright. Don't beat yourself about it. It's hard at times, and though some of us have a lot, we really have nothing until we stop wanting so much for ourselves, and start giving more to others. Thanks loads for posting your thoughts. Comments are exciting! =]

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  5. I've always believed that if you put positive vibes out into the world that same energy will come back to you and make you feel better about your state of being. Awesome post, I like your writing throughout the blog as well :)

    -Ezi

    ikintoo.blogspot.com

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    1. I like your point of view. Thank you for sharing it and thanks for the compliment :)

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  6. Lovely post. As Buddha said, " A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."

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  7. Being kind is a matter of practice. Being unkind is a matter of personality.

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