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What You Give Is What You Get

"What you give is what you get." I am sure that everyone of us have heard those words uttered again and again in our lives. They remain age old words of wisdom that go back thousands of years. They go along with "reaping what we sow" and "doing unto others as you would have them do unto you." What amazes me most about these wonderful words, though, is the truth that lies in them. I see this truth every day in my own life.

This truth shines through the actions of my youngest son whose smiles, hugs, and laughter light up the world around him in spite of his handicap. This truth glows from the life of my daughter whose kindness, friendship, and loving spirit brightens the lives of those around her. This truth flows out of the behaviour of my oldest boy who is a friend to the world and never met anyone he didn't like. This truth radiates from everything I watch my wife do as she makes the world a better place for her family, friends, co-workers, and the many pets she rescues. This truth lights up my own life as I see again and again every good, kind, and loving thing I do come back to bless me with even greater joy.

Don't be afraid to give then. Give your time, your energy, your talents, your love, and your joy. Share all the fantastic blessings God gives to you with those around you. Become as Leo Buscaglia said, "the most beautiful, sensitive, wondrous, magical, unique, fantastic person in the world", so that you can share that person with everyone everywhere. If you can do this then what you will get back will be so glorious and wonderful that you will never want to stop giving. It is true that what you give is what you get. But if what you give is love, joy, peace, happiness, goodness, delight, and oneness with God then what you get will be a thousand times greater.

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