MUCH TO BE GRATEFUL FOR

A warrior of light knows that he had much to be grateful for.

He was helped in his struggle by the angels; celestial forces placed each thing in its place, this allowing him to give of his best.

His companions say: ‘He’s so lucky!’ And the warrior does sometimes achieve things far beyond his capabilities.

That is why, at sunset, he kneels and gives thanks for the Protective Cloak surrounding him.

His gratitude, however, is not limited to the spiritual world; he never forgets his friends, for their blood mingled with his on the battlefield.

A warrior does not need to be reminded of the help given him by others; he is the first to remember and he makes sure to share with them any rewards he receives.

– Paulo Coelho

BE GENEROUS

It is a way of expressing gratitude for life and all the abundances we have received. It will make your time on this earth meaningful. It will make others happy. It will be a way of being in dialogue with life. It will make other people feel safer in the world. It will relieve pain, yours and theirs. It is a way of living, a way of ethics.

Most religions say to help one’s neighbor or the stranger or the widow, and to some extent, we are all those people so when we help another, we are helping those parts of ourselves.

Make being generous a philosophy for you. And never miss an opportunity if you are able to. This does not have to be in money. It can be in spending time, in listening, in making a visit to a sick friend, in sending a surprise book to someone. Whatever it is, be on the alert for ways you can be there for others.