We get more happiness not in having nor in getting, but in giving; in
reaching out, sharing, smiling, hugging.... Happiness is a perfume we
cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on ourselves.
We'll soon realize
as we look back upon our lives
that the moments that stand out, the moments when we have really lived,
are the moments when we have done things in the spirit of love and
When we find the opportunity
to help someone, let's rejoice and be grateful because that person's prayer is being
answered through us. Our purpose on earth is not to get lost in the dark
but to be a light to others, so that they may find the way through us.
Riches are only blessing to us
when we pass them lovingly along to others
There are two kinds of
people in the world: Givers and takers. The takers may eat better,
but the givers sleep better. The narrative that follows reminds us the
joy of sharing and giving.
An old story tells that one day, a countryman knocked hard on a
monastery door. When the monk tending the gates opened up, he was given
a magnificent bunch of grapes.
"Brother, these are the finest my vineyard has produced. Iíve come to
bear them as a gift."
"Thank you! I will take them to the Abbot immediately, heíll be
delighted with this offering."
"No! I brought them for you. For whenever I knock on the door, it is you
who opens it. When
I needed help because the crop was destroyed by drought, you gave me a
piece of bread and a cup of wine every day."
The monk held the grapes and spent the entire morning admiring it. And
decided to deliver the gift to the Abbot, who had always encouraged him
with words of wisdom.
|A simple act of
kindness may plant a seed of friendship that will always
We do not find the meaning of life by
ourselves alone. We find it with others. -Thomas
The Abbot was very pleased with the grapes, but he recalled that there
was a sick brother in the monastery, and thought: ďIíll give him the
grapes. Who knows, they may bring some joy to his life.Ē
And that is what he did. But the grapes didnít stay in the sick monkís
room for long, for he reflected: ďThe cook has looked after me for so
long, feeding me only the best meals. Iím sure he will enjoy these.Ē
The cook was amazed at the beauty of the grapes. So perfect that no one
would appreciate them more than the sexton; many at the monastery
considered him a holy man, he would be best qualified to value this
marvel of nature.
The sexton, in turn, gave the grapes as a gift to the youngest novice,
that he might understand that the work of God is in the smallest details
of Creation. When the novice received them, he remembered the first time
he came to the monastery, and of the person who had opened the gates for
him; it was that gesture which allowed him to be among this community of
people who knew how to value the wonders of life.
most unselfish act one can ever do is paying forward the
kindness one has received even to the most undeserving
And so, just before nightfall, he took the grapes to the monk at the
gates. "Eat and enjoy them, he said, for you spend most of your time
alone here, and these grapes will make you very happy."
The monk understood that the gift had been truly destined for him, and
relished each of the grapes, before falling into a pleasant sleep.
Thus the circle was completed; the circle of joy and happiness, which
always shines brightly around generous people.
Love and kindness
are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one
who receives them, and they bless the giver.
need people and friends need friends. And we all need love, for a
full life depends not on vast riches or great acclaim, not on
success nor on worldly fame, but just in knowing that someone cares
and holds us close in their thoughts and prayer.
For only the knowledge that we're understood makes
everyday living feel wonderfully good.
By Tim Pedrosa
not enough to have lived. Be determined to live for
something. It could be creating joy for others, working
for the betterment of society, sharing what we have,
bringing hope to the lost, and giving love to the