"The miracle is this~the more we share, the more we have." ~Leonard Nimoy~
A young lady was waiting for her flight in the boarding room of a busy airport. Since she would have to wait for a long time, she decided to by a book to read to pass the time. She also bought a package of cookies.
She sat down in an armchair in the VIP room of the airport to relax and read in peace. Beside the armchair next to where the cookies lay, a man sat down and started reading a magazine.
When she took out the first cookie, the man reached down and took a cookie too. She felt irritated, but said nothing. She thought, "Imagine the nerve! If I were in the mood, I would punch him for daring." For each cookie she took, the man took one too. This was infuriating her, but she didn't want to cause a scene.
When only one cookie remained she thought, "What will this abusive man do now?" Then the man, taking the last cookie, divided it in half and gave half of the cookie to her. That was way too much! In a huff, she gathered her things and angrily boarded the plane.
When she sat down in her seat, she reached in her purse to take out her eyeglasses and to her surprise there were her cookies, untouched and unopened!
She felt so ashamed. She had been wrong. She had forgotten that she had placed her cookies in her purse. The man had divided his cookies with her without feeling angry or bitter. While she had been angry thinking she had divided her cookies with him. It was too late she would never get a chance to explain or apologize.
This story made me think. We have been taught to share from an early age. This is one thing that most parents feel like they should teach their kids. Most of us mastered this skill as a child. Why is it that as we get older, we are not as willing to share as much as we did as children? You may be saying to yourself, "I share all the time." The type of sharing I am talking about, though, is not the sharing of tangible objects. We should share ourselves with others.
I think as we get older we find it harder to share ourselves with people due to years of being hurt or rejected. Many of us may think we have nothing to share with people. I have heard people say, "I am emotionally bankrupt, I have nothing more to give." I think we have all felt this way at some time or another. Sharing ourselves with others doesn't cost us anything. It is completely free. We can share love, our time, our talents, our hearts, and our ears with others.
What I want all of us to work on in the coming days is sharing ourselves with others. You may feel rejected by some, but for every one person who rejects you, one or more person will accept you. We are all worthy and valuable people. We all have so much to share with others. The trick is finding something to share and not being afraid of rejection. We also have to guard against becoming angry like the lady in the story. Sometimes we give so much and don't feel like we get anything in return. The result of this is bitterness and anger. We have to try to rise above that. None of us knows how many people we touch in our lives. So, reach out and share yourself with someone this weekend. It will do you so much good, give you more confidence, and make you feel like a better person.
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