GIVING is a difficult and almost contemplative art form
that has to be practiced to be done well; to learn to give
is almost always the simple, sometimes heartbreaking act
of just giving again. To stop giving in any situation is
to call an end to relationship.
Giving is an essence of existence, and a test of our character;
it asks deep questions about our relationship to others,
to our selves and strangely, to time itself:
all gifts change with the maturation of their recipients.
To give well, appropriately and often is to establish
a beautiful seasonal symmetry between the urgency
within us that wishes to be generous, and the part of the world
that is suddenly surprised and happy to receive.
To give generously but appropriately and then, most difficult of all,
and as the full apotheosis of the art, with feeling,
in the moment and spontaneously, has always been recognized
as one of the greatest of human qualities…
~ David Whyte
~ from ‘GIVING’ from
CONSOLATIONS: The Solace, Nourishment and
Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words.
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