Ease / Giving - #Reverb12

Ease. What can you do to add ease to 2013?

Giving. “The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.” (David Viscott) What is your gift to give?

A friend of mine once said that there are three things you can give to others: Time, Treasure and Talent.  I'll talk about talent in another post, but Time and Treasure fit the bill here...

Time to me fits in with ease.  First, there's taking time to really be there for others, being present in their lives - caring about them and truly hearing what their needs are, rather than imposing your needs on them.  And then there's not rushing through things - taking the slower route to and from things, not driving as fast as possible just to save a few minutes here and there.  It may mean waking up 15 minutes early or not scheduling things back-to-back, but time = ease.

As for Treasure, it's something I've thought about a lot and struggled with often.  Living in NYC you see so many needy people, but then there's the question of those scam artists.  I've seen both, and knowing how best to help the former is difficult.  My aunt carries change in a special purse to give to those she sees on the streets that are truly in need (her husband wrote movingly about compassion).  Does helping always equal money?  What about donating things to charities that will help... volunteering... being more a part of the community?  Most important, love and compassion are treasures you can easily give to others.

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