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Giving help

We live in unprecedented times…

We need to pivot…

This is the New Normal

“Stay safe and healthy!!!”

I am tired of all of it. Do I sound salty? Maybe a little. I want my old life back!!I want my times to be precedented!!Giving help

I don’t want to turn or lean, much less create an excel table!!

I want the old “normal” back!!

OK, so the safe and healthy is a good one,  and I know “we are all in this together”, but do I need to be reminded about it each day?

There is no denying that 2020 has been a cluster. This year has affected all of us in profound ways. For some of those I am eternally grateful but for many others I am not.

This week as I was wondering what to write about, Retrograde Abbey sent me one of Aesop’s Fables; A Miser and His Gold. If you’re not familiar with it, the moral is that a possession is worth no more than the use we make of it. Wise words!

The story made me think about all the things in my life that are still good and reminded me that I truly am lucky and fortunate. I have many possessions  that I can make use of. They do not have to be money, though they can be. When I had a friend reach out for assistance with a resume rewrite, I helped. I had another friend reach out for help moving furniture, I lent a hand. A friend told me he was participating in a charity drive, so I donated. Another friend wanted to find a specific bottle of bourbon, I helped him find it. All this is to simply say I made use of what I had and helped.

We are going into a “New Normal” Christmas but let us not lose sight of what the holiday is about: getting presents ?. The present I got back by giving and helping was worth more than the cost of time, money or bourbon. The feeling of helping someone just because you can and expecting nothing in return is unprecedented.

How are you using what you possess?

“For it is in giving that we receive.” ―St. Francis of Assisi

Have a great weekend.