Giving and receiving;

The Dignity to Give and Receive

“Nobody is so poor that he/she has nothing to give, and nobody is so rich that he/she has nothing to receive.”  These words by Pope John-Paul II, offer a powerful direction for all who want to work for peace.  No peace is thinkable as long as the world remains divided into two groups:  those who give and those who receive.  Real human dignity is found in giving as well as receiving.  This is true not only for individuals but for nations, cultures, and religious communities as well. Peace in individual relationships AND peace in a broader regard. Screen-shot-2011-02-23-at-11.08.37-AM
A true vision of peace sees a continuous mutuality between giving and receiving.  Let’s never give anything without asking ourselves what we are receiving from those to whom we give, and let’s never receive anything without asking what we have to give to those from whom we receive.”

Henri J. Nouwen

Giving and receiving
Giving and receiving

This reciprocity makes us happy;

A big part of “being happy” is all about the choices we make in our everyday lives and in our everyday interactions with those around us. How we say things is just as important as the point we are trying to make. Focus on composure, and be intentional regarding how you express yourself. Picking things that are important to us to focus on and letting the unimportant battles fall by the wayside is also helpful to maintain happiness. And remembering that old mantra, “Would you rather be right, or would you rather be happy?” in the middle of a fight never hurts. Sure, it’s not always an either/or proposition. But within each of us is the power to end a fight or argument and try to restore balance and happiness in our lives, and just as importantly, in the lives of the ones we love and adore.

So once again, consider the choice of happiness over being right. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised. Call for an appointment; 949-697-4332