Learning to be open with others
Do we not all feel spontaneous generosity, sometimes? And
when we get that feeling, how many of us say to ourselves,
why not? I hope most of us ask ourselves why not. But then, we
hesitate, we are not sure; or perhaps we get selfish, or think
we are too busy, or are worried about being taken advantage
of. In short, we doubt, we are pulled in many directions by
our own fears and problems. And some of us finally, in fear or
doubt, we turn away and go take a nap in front of the TV.
Or perhaps not: if the TV is broken, if the Internet is
not interesting, and you are not inspired to blog. In
short, if you are restless and don't know why, perhaps
you should act spontaneously! How long has it been since
you just forgot your fears and doubts, and went forth
into the world? A week? A month? Longer? It would be better
for you to cast aside your doubts and any fears you have,
and go out and have do something new!
If you truly have fears and doubts about trying new
things, then call a trusted friend, and go out together
to experience something new.
I have found great wisdom in this idea of being
spontaneous. When I have overcome my doubts and fears and
just done what needed to be done, especially when freely
and anonymously given, I usually received a reward. The
reward is nothing of value to anyone else, it is something
just for me. This reward is always unexpected, and of great
value, at least to me. But, I do need to be open to see
it. More often than not, it just makes me feel really good,
and puts a smile on my face.
What a wonderful world it would be, if we could all learn
to freely give when needed, and freely accept when in need!
Trying to plan everything is stupid. Sometimes you just
need to take a chance, let your spontaneity guide you - be
free and let the chances of life just happen! Freely give
and freely receive, to randomly create "small happiness"
at least a few times. You do not need to do anything
extraordinary, very simple things will do: throw away
garbage from the street, give a postage stamp to one
in need, volunteer time to a worthy cause, give a gift
for no reason. What matters is that whatever you do
is guided by the true pleasure of giving. Many times,
it is better to give anonymously and with a free spirit.
The best reason to practice this spontaneousness and
generosity is that it brings to us a great personal
satisfaction; it produces in us positive feelings,
and makes us think about what really counts: the gift,
the kindness, the opening of ourselves to others.
We will be adding articles to this website about openness
and personal growth as time goes on. We hope to be able to
tell you about different things you can do, and programs
you can participate in, to help you to create openness and
spontaneity in your life. This is a great way for you to
feel fulfilled and find yourself great joy.