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Giving is Living

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And now it’s time to give.
(And it’s always time to give.)
What? you say, Give? Me?
I am going through a tough time
and I don’t have so much at the moment.
There’s nothing really I can spare.
I don’t have much. I’m sorry.
If you truly believe you have nothing to give
then you are very poor indeed.
And if you know
that it is a privilege to give whatever you can,
then you take your place
among the wealthiest in the world.
It is not about the material wealth,
bequeathing huge sums
for buildings that will bear your illustrious name.
No, giving can happen in secret…
in fact, that might be the best kind of giving of all.
Don’t believe me?
You don’t have to take my word for it.
Go do something nice for someone without
expecting anything in return,
and do it without their knowledge.
Pay close attention to how you feel
after such an act.
You’ll be privy to one of the greatest,
most obvious, and most overlooked
secrets passed down through all generations
of humanity:

Giving is living.

Keeping Appearances

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If you are so strong
why do you feel the need to
flex your muscles before an audience?
If you are so highly educated
why would you broadcast
to everyone around you
where you went to school
and how much more you know
than everyone else?
If you are trying to keep up appearances,
tell me what are you so ashamed of,
what are you hiding,
what is it that you don’t want me to see?
If you are in possession of true wealth,
there is no need to cover yourself
with glittering jewels.
Your glowing eyes and strong heart
speak volumes of who you are.

Wealthy Beyond Measure

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If you can appreciate the little things
you will always feel wealthy beyond measure.
When your brush your teeth, think
Wow! I have teeth!
and appreciate your teeth,
because not everyone has them.
When you walk down the street, think
Wow! I have legs, I have feet, I can walk!
Appreciate your legs and your feet,
because not everyone has them.
These simple things that we take for granted
are incredible treasures for those who have them not.
Celebrate who you are and what you have.
You will always feel wealthy beyond measure.

NaPoWriMo 2015 Day 7: Our Real Worth

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Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt invites us to write about money:

It could be about not having enough, having too much (a nice kind of problem to have), the smell, or feel, or sensory aspects of money. It could also just be a poem about how we decide what has value or worth.

Hmmm…money.  I guess I’ll just take a deep breath and see what happens.

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They say it doesn’t buy happiness,
but if you don’t have any,
you probably won’t be very happy.

It has been called the root of evil,
but many have used it for good,
building schools, hospitals,
or a simple sandwich
for the man on the street.

Some among us have let
the most precious moments
slip by
in pursuit of it,
only to discover at the end
that they cannot take it with them
where they’re going.

Some are born into so much of it
that they are hard-pressed to appreciate it
as someone born in the tropics
and having never known the cold
can’t really appreciate
the sweet warmth of the ocean breeze–
always there, enveloping them.

It is energy,
like wind, rain, and sun.
It can flow like a stream,
it can freeze like ice.

It can be used to create great things
but of itself is worth nothing.
A starving man reaches for bread, not gold;
poor Midas was mighty regretful
when he realized what he’d done.

Let’s make peace with it
however much of it we have,
or don’t have.

And above all,
let us remember that our real worth
comes from within.