I found another reading today which set me to thinking.
“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.”
Melvin Schleeds is credited with saying that. I have no idea who that was, because he isn’t listed in Wikipedia. Despite that, I believe I need to give him credit, just the way it was listed in the book I’m using.
There was a lot of depth in the article, is focusing on our attitude about both. Giving should be necessary to being human. Taking is also necessary. I prefer the word receiving over taking, especially when coupled with giving; Giving and Receiving are each an integral part of being human. We all give and we all receive from our world order.
Every act of goodness, resisting the temptation to be selfish, and the attitude of doing our part are important. By living this way, we are doing the world good. By taking what others offer, food, clothing (even though we are purchasing it) is also doing the world good. We need to be grateful for what we receive, no matter how we do it.
By knowing the balance between giving and taking (receiving), we show an understanding of how important we all are. We should be proud of contributing, and proud of receiving. That is how we pass things along.
Reading the book, Grateful American, by Gary Sinise, has made me realize every American should be a grateful one. He beautifully described how he felt visiting patients who lost all four limbs via IED’s in Iraq or Afghanistan; he shares the feelings he has every year when the Lt. Dan Band performs for the Snowball Express, the charity that takes the surviving children of parents who died fighting for freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan. Every year, at a certain point in the concert, he invites the children up onstage to dance and interact with the band. It helps brighten their day in the happiest place on earth. I learned a lot from this book. I also want to learn how we in Omaha, Nebraska may brighten the day of these surviving children and their families. As Mr. Sinise says, “There is so much more we can do.” He’s right. I’m on it.
I have a feeling this winter will be quite productive for me as an author. The annual NaNoRiMo is in November. I dropped out last year, I was on point the first week, the second week, life interfered and I decided it would be too stressful to try and catch up. I hope this year, I’m able to participate and get much further with my novel. It will be a good use of my time.
I hope the fall is for enjoying the colors, and the leaves fall slowly, not in a windy, cold rainy day like last year. I’ll take what I get, though, and just be glad to live in this free country, with the best military in the world. My hat is off to all the active duty and people who have served in some capacity. Thank you all.
I will see you all tomorrow, and I hope you’ll return. We’re getting more followers, one at a time! I’m grateful for all of you. Let’s get the numbers up to #1,000! Thank you very much! See you tomorrow!