April 8

Giving is the highest
expression of power.

Vivian Green


Today's Meditation:

What is your definition of power?  I mean deep in your spirit, when you're able to focus on life and living and not think about what the world says about power, just what does it mean to you?  I'm not often able to think of much of anything in that way because I get so caught up in the world and my tasks in it, but when I am able to look past the trappings and the surfaces, I do see that the only true power is the ability to influence things and people for the good.  The only real power I show is when I focus on improving things and situations through my contribution to them.

When I give, I am improving something, either by fulfilling a need or a dream, or by instilling hope.  I can give of my abilities or my talents or my material possessions--it doesn't matter--and I can influence someone or something else for the better.  And that's what power is all about.  It's not about "controlling" others or being able to hire or fire people or being physically stronger than someone else.  It's about making the world a better place, on no matter how small a scale, and giving is truly the only way that we can make the world better.

If people see power in destruction or manipulation, then they're misguided.  True power is productive, and true power is constructive.  When we're at our most powerful, we are willing and able to give of ourselves and our possessions, with nary a thought of recompense.  When we practice true power in our lives, we are contributing to the healing of this world, and it's beautiful contribution to make.

There are lower expressions of power, but if we want to get on that high road that leads to fulfillment, humility, satisfaction, awareness, and contentment, then we must practice the higher forms of everything.  When we express our power, we must find the higher ways of doing so, and giving, as Vivian reminds us, is the highest expression of all.

Questions to consider:

How do you define power?  How does the concept of giving fit into your definition?

Why do we so often see things like influence and destruction as power? 

What are some other very high expressions of power? 

For further thought:

True religion. . . is giving and finding one's happiness
by bringing happiness into the lives of others.

William J.H. Boetcker


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