August 3

Today's quotation:

Don't only help yourself in life, but try
to help those truly in need, because you never
know when you'll need the same support.

Rachel Protzman

Today's Meditation:

I don't know where I'll be in three years.  I don't know if I'll be wealthy, if I'll be poor, if I'll be sick, if I'll be healthy, if I'll be dead, even.  It's very easy to think that things are going to continue as they are indefinitely, that my current situation is going to be just the same or even better three years from now.  And if I think that way, it's more difficult for me to sympathize and empathize with people who are going through very hard times, and it's more difficult for me to see that they may truly need my help.

There are many sayings that basically means "what goes around comes around."  In other words, how we treat others comes back to us in similar treatment.  If someone in need of help comes to me today and I reject that person, guess what's going to happen to me when I need help myself?  Only I determine what I send out into the world, which means that only I determine what comes back to me in the long term.

I may not be needy now, but I have been.  And it truly doesn't matter if no one helped me in my times of need; I can take that role model and reject it, knowing how beneficial it would have been to me to have been helped.  So if someone comes to me in need, I just need to think about the times that I've been needy to know how they're feeling, and to know how good it felt (or would have felt) to have someone else help me, even in very small ways.

When I help others, I help everyone, myself included.  Perhaps especially myself, for I may be setting into motion something that may come back to help me days or weeks or years from now, in ways that I can't even imagine today.

Questions to consider:

In what ways do you like to help others?  How often do you do it?

How many people do you know acknowledge the possibility that they may be in need a few years from now?

How can we tell when others need our help?

For further thought:

In helping others, we shall help ourselves,
for whatever good we give out completes the circle
and comes back to us.

Flora Edwards


welcome page - contents - gallery - obstacles - quotations
 the people behind the words - our current e-zine
articles and excerpts - Daily Meditations, Year Two - Year Three

Sign up for your free daily spiritual or general quotation




Now available:  A new expanded edition of Just for Today from Living Life Fully Publications:
Over a year of "Just for Today" passages from our popular e-mail daily quotations, and our new expanded edition includes over 180 reflections on those thoughts.  Full of ideas and focal points that you can use to help to make your day brighter and more fulfilling as you focus on different ways of giving and awareness of the blessings in your life!  Click on the image to the left for the print version.    
Kindle Version

Also newly available:  Our print version of Daily Meditations, Year One
One full year's worth of our daily meditations that until now have been available only on our site or through e-mail.  Now you can have the entire first year's worth of daily meditations for just $2.99 on your Kindle.  (Click here or on the image for the print version.)

We have some inspiring and motivational books that may interest you.  Our main way of supporting this site is through the sale of books, either physical copies or digital copies for your Amazon Kindle (including the online reader).  All of the money that we earn through them comes back to the site in one way or another.  Just click on the picture to the left to visit our page of books, both fiction and non-fiction!