One river gives
Its journey to the next.
We give because someone gave to us.
We give because nobody gave to us.
We give because giving has changed us.
We give because giving could have changed us.
We have been better for it,
We have been wounded by it—
Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,
Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails.
Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,
But we read this book, anyway, over and again:
Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand,
Mine to yours, yours to mine.
You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.
Together we are simple green. You gave me
What you did not have, and I gave you
What I had to give—together, we made
Something greater from the difference.
This season can be about how much money we spend, loneliness, the stress of travel or being with family members that know how to push our buttons.
Or, it can be about the simple gift of our presence, calm energy, and service to others.
As we close out the year, my wish for you is simple: May you find moments of peace, quiet, and serenity in the midst of chaos.
And, may I be in service to that. To close out 2021:
- I have a new exercise video that helps release tension in the body: Moving Twist.
- The link to my Insight Meditation page with guided meditations for grounding, breathing, and Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep for deep rest and relaxation).
- Check out this article from IDEA Health & Fitness Association on healthy holiday food swaps (think roasted vegetables instead of cream and butter loaded potatoes au gratin).
- And, my final class offerings for 2021.
“For it is in giving, that we receive.” –St. Francis of Assisi