September 4       

Today's quotation:

Don't wait until people are dead to give them flowers.
Sean Covey

Today's Meditation:

What a simple sentence this is-- and how full of wisdom and compassion it is!  I know that right now there are many people in the world that I could give something to, but I'm not doing so.  Rather, I'm waiting for some special occasion or another when the time will be just right.  Unfortunately, though, the time is rarely just right, and if I don't give now, I may lose the chance forever when tomorrow comes.

If we do learn to practice giving regularly, if we are able to give to people while they're still alive and can still appreciate gifts of all kinds, then we can contribute a lot of goodwill to this world.  When other people receive from us, they feel the positive intentions that we have for them and the love that we're sharing by coming up with just the right thing for them.

I would love to get flowers.  A bouquet of flowers would brighten my day and make me feel wonderful.  And once I felt that way, I would be much more inclined to pass on that joyful feeling-- as a result of the gift, I would pass on even more of the love and feeling with which the gift was made.

Don't wait until someone is moving away to tell them you care.  Don't wait until you're moving away to let someone know how you feel about them.  Don't wait until someone dies to send them flowers.  If you don't wait, your life will be filled with the brightness of having given and the joy of having shared.

Questions to consider:

Why do we so often wait to give things to others?

When was the last time you gave someone flowers "just because"?

What are you giving to the world when you give a gift to a person?

For further thought:

It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.

Khalil Gibran

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