Somewhere, I heard the story of a business man and a homeless man. Every day the business man went to work and at the end of the workday, he would see this homeless man standing on the street near his office. Every day the business man would stop and give the homeless man a dollar. The homeless man was always exceedingly grateful.
One day the homeless man stopped the business man and told him how much his kindness had meant to him. He explained he had once had his own business and a family. He had not come to his circumstance through alcohol or mental problems. However, by a cruel stream of events in his life, he had lost everything.
With tears in his eyes, the homeless man said there were many days he had felt there was no reason to go on with life. This one act of kindness the business man showed him every day had kept him going.
The business man took the other man to get something to eat and while sitting with him recognized this man was honest and good. The business man offered him a job. It wouldn’t pay much in the beginning, but there was opportunity for advancement. The homeless man gratefully accepted.
What neither of these men consciously knew was that before incarnating in this lifetime, the homeless man had made an agreement with the business man that he would take on the role as the homeless person so that the business man would have the opportunity to choose to experience giving compassion to another human being. It was a lesson his soul wanted to learn.
I share this story as an example of the statement that giving and receiving are, in truth, one and the same. In giving, we also receive, and in receiving, we also give.
Open your minds to the love that is shared in both giving and receiving and your hearts to doing so without judgment of others or yourself as better or lesser than. And allow yourself to remember your passion during this New Year.
Best, Maren Nelson
Minister of Mind/Body Healing
Life Breath Integrations