January 20


Today's quotation:

As to the kindness you mention, I wish I could have been of more service to you than I have been, but if I had, the only thanks that I should desire are that you would always be ready to serve any other person that may need your assistance, and so let good offices go around, for humankind are all of a family.  As for my own part, when I am employed in serving others I do not look upon myself as conferring favors but paying debts.

Benjamin Franklin

Today's Meditation:

Wow--what kind of a world would this be if everyone were to adopt this perspective?  What would it be like if everyone were to recognize that we all have debts to pay for all that we have in life, and that we can spend our lives paying those debts by helping out other people who are in our lives?

I don't believe that Franklin ever found himself staggering under the burden of those debts, as happens so often when people have to deal with financial debts.  I believe that he saw them as a normal part of life that he could deal with quite easily, on a day-to-day basis.  After all, the major difference with this kind of debt is that there is no debtor waiting there, ready to take away everything if we don't pay back what we owe.  And if we go a week, a month, or a year without paying back anything at all, we won't face any consequences of significance.

But the debt is very real.  So many people have contributed to our lives that we never will have even a glimpse of the extent to which others have served us, over and over again.  When we get into our cars, we can be thankful not just to the people who built them, but to the people who developed internal combustion engines, safe all-weather tires, braking systems, windshield wipers, heaters, and much more.  Plus, we can remember that those things were possible only because someone developed a way to process oil into gasoline.  And all of those people were inspired by previous inventions and products, developed by other people, who in turn. . . .

"The only thanks that I should desire. . . ."  Can we be that way?  Can we truly let go of our desire to be thanked and appreciated?  Can we allow ourselves to be content with the knowledge that we've done something to pay off our debt?  It is possible--many people live life this way, and it seems that they live quite happily.  What would it take for me to be able to do it?  Why, a simple decision to do so, and a dedication to doing so once I decide.

Questions to consider:

Is it easy to pay back debts that we don't have to pay back if we don't want to?

How can we get an idea of just what kind of debts we owe?

Would this kind of attitude towards life benefit us?  Would it benefit others?  If the answer is "yes," then why aren't we living this way?

For further thought:

Everybody can be great. . . because anybody can serve.  You don't have to have a college degree to serve. . . .  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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