No man is an island

In this world, sometimes it seems that there is more value in receiving than giving. I do not agree. It is the artist that unveils his masterpiece, his magnum opus, his project that grew from the seeds of a dream to a towering statue of actualized potential…it is he who “gives” this to everybody. You give support, you give love, you give care. This is for sure enjoyable to receive, but I think what lacks in our society is the acknowledgment of the (at least) equally fulfilling act of giving.

Life and love are a kind of flow. To keep both healthy, one must have an open channel: one open to giving and one to receiving. That is the natural balance of life. A plant is healthy because it takes in carbon dioxide and because it releases oxygen.

It is also important to give things to yourself such as time and opportunity and slack; sometimes giving feels so good that it makes it hard to receive. The world is beautiful because people receive, too. That is also a form of giving, a giving of attention and respect. By openly receiving a gift, you exude warmth as you show the giver you welcome them into your heart. This must be why hugs make you feel so complete. (And don’t forget, even people who care give a shit or give a damn!)

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