February 24, 2016 – A Great Gift

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A Great Gift

February 23, 2016

“Attention is the rarest and purest
form of generosity.”
Simone Weil (1909-1943) French philosopher and mystic
   Generosity is a human characteristic that is hard to resist, seems to have its own magnetic pull on our he Garts, and is one of the greatest gifts we can give or receive. We just seem to like being around a generous person; not for what we can get from them, but simply because it feels good.
   And the purest form of generosity, the mystic teaches us, is giving one’s attention.
   As sun and water are to a blooming flower, so attention is to a child: intentionally holding his hand and encouraging, looking directly into her eyes and smiling — gifts that bear eternal benefits.
   It’s our gift to give, many times a day, to anyone, no matter what age.
   Who needs the “rare” and “pure” gift of your attention just now?
   And when you are the receiver of such a gift? Notice and savor!

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February 24, 2016 – A Great Gift

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