The following is an exact excerpt from the book Listening To Your Inner Voice by Douglas Bloch. I in no way possess any ownership of the following. I am simply sharing the thoughts, expressions and words of an author who has inspired me.
Life Is for Giving
When Albert Schweitzer said, "The only ones of you who will be truly happy are those who have found and learned how to serve," he was stating the ancient truth - that the meaning of life lies in the giving. The quality of your life is in direct proportion to your willingness to give.
In the classic movie, Its a Wonderful Life, George Bailey discovered this truth. Though he had many opportunities to pursue his ambitions elsewhere, George remained in his community and dedicated himself to providing affordable housing to its members. When his guardian angel showed him what the town would be life if he had never been born, Bailey realized how much of a difference his giving had made.
George also discovered another secret - that what you give is what you receive. Whatever you give out comes back to you. When you extend yourself to nurture the spiritual growth of another, you nurture your own growth. Although his material possessions were modest, George Bailey toasted to the "richest" (i.e., the most beloved) man in town by the people of Bedford Falls. Later he remarked, "No man can be poor as long as he has friends."
Bailey gave himself for the joy of giving, and joy is what he recieved. By following this path, we, too, can be blessed.
1. Freely I give; freely I receive.
2. I give for its own sake, because it feels right in my heart.3. Giving is its own reward.
4. As I love well, I live well.
5. All that I give, I give to myself.
6. Your Own ____________________.