In order to receive, you must learn how to give and in order to give you must be able to receive.  If you give the world a little bit of your love, hopefully you’ll get some love back in return. Or at least a thank you.

Lately, our lives have been so busy and full of complications that we either put up barriers or forget about giving and receiving these small, but very important gifts.  Passing a stranger on the street and saying hello or smiling at them can be taken as a strange and unusual action.  Even something so small as a smile, a wink, or a hey-how-ya-doin’ can make a difference- not only in your life but the other persons.  We’ve become so isolated in our own worlds that we now have a “missed connections” section in the newspaper so that you can try to find or re-connect with someone you missed in passing.  I say, forget about the connections you’ve missed and focus on the ones you’re making!  Next time, instead of missing that connection and not making eye contact with that person give them a smile, say hello or hold the door open for them.  Embrace your gift and contribution to society and it will embrace you.

People have a funny way of surprising you.  They certainly surprise me.  Last week, I was standing online at the Port Authority,  waiting for the bus.  There  were about two minutes before its arrival when I realized I forgot to purchase a ticket.  Running down to the ticket machine would cause me to wait an hour for the next one – naturally I didn’t want to do that.  So I turned to a man I recongize from my commute and asked him if he had some money I could borrow for the ride.  He said he was broke but instead, pulled an extra ticket for me to use.  I was in complete shock!  I couldn’t believe how generous and trusting he was.  I returned his favor yesterday and gave him a ticket to use.  He smiled back at me, with a surprised look on his face.  It was as if for a second he aslo didn’t believe that I had remembered or taken the time out to thank him (a complete stranger) for helping me out the week before.

So, here’s my gift and my connection to you!   Lately, I’ve been taking notice of the gifts I give to others,  ways of improving our connections and interactions with oursleves and with others through meditation, positive thinking, enlightenment, philosophy and spirituality.  The connections we make and the relationship we keep are as important as the air we breathe.  Take some time out of your day to smile, wink, or lend someone an extra ticket for the bus.  If you focus on what you’re giving you’ll be able to get back just as much, if not more in return. 

With Love Rachel


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