“Our behaviour is different. How often have you seen a headline like this?–TWO DIE ATTEMPTING RESCUE OF DROWNING CHILD. If a man gets lost in the mountains, hundreds will search and often two or three searchers are killed. But the next time somebody gets lost just as many volunteers turn out.
Poor arithmetic, but very human. It runs through all our folklore, all human religions, all our literature–a racial conviction that when one human needs rescue, others should not count the price.”
― Robert A. Heinlein,
“The giver of every good & perfect gift has called upon us to mimic GOD’s giving, by grace, through faith, & this is not of ourselves…!!!”
― Albert Camus, Notebooks 1935-1942
Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. Kindness deepens the spirit and produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. It is an experience more powerful than words. To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit.
Robert J. Furey
― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for?
“If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that–warm things, kind things, sweet things–help and comfort and laughter–and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess
“If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times. In the kingdom of love there is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have.”
― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
Until you tire your own shoulders (by carrying his children on it), you won’t make a stranger’s son or brother your own. To firmly attach a stranger to yourself, you must toil hard in his behalf first.
foto – kimmi from bellingen
“ One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. ”
foto – shellbound at the wide river cafe ulmarra 2010.
Beauty is one of God’s gifts," says Mr. Lewes, "and every one really submits to its influence, whatever platitudes he may think needful to issue.
foto – barbara in south grafton emporium. 2009.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew xi. 28.
foto – wide river cafe ulmarra. Leanne serving. 2009.