Blogathon for Pearlington

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


You only have what you give. It's by spending yourself that you become rich.

It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine.

~Isabel Allende

These are two of my favorite quotes about giving, and they both come from the same short essay by Isabel Allende shared with us via NPR's this i believe series. Allende comes to these conclusions as part of the process of accepting the death of her daughter. I love them because they are so close to my own beliefs, because they could have only come from a person who has learned her priorities in life the hard way, and because they exude such a spirit of redemptive hope in the face of great grief.

This is the kind of giving I've seen this year in the wake of Katrina. People continuously set aside their own overwhelming problems in order to help others. This is the kind of stuff that makes you believe in humanity. This is the kind of stuff that gives you a clear connection to the world around you and to the divine.


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