Why do you give?

One of my favorite plays”the Man of La Mancha”is filled with haunting music and powerful lines that deserve serious meditation.One of the lines that consistently has an effect on me is spoken by Aldonza a woman of the street who is completely baffled by the caring and generosity of this strange man. She in a moment of great frustration asks Don Quixote”Why do you give when it is natural to take?”My answer to that question is that in giving we become more and more the person we wish to be. I have found that the giving is like placeing seeds in fertile ground. The rewards far outweigh the effort.I have also learned that giving without pondering “what’s in it for me” creates a tidal wave of purpose and passion because it models caring in the concrete allowing others to give of themselves.

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