It Is When We Give That We Receive


James Bender, in his book How To Talk Well (New York: McGraw-Hill Book
Co. Inc.1994), relates the story of a farmer who grew award-winning

Each year he entered his corn in the state fair it won a blue ribbon.

One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

"How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering in competition with you each year?" the reporter asked.

"Why sir," said the farmer, "didn't you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field."

"If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn."

He is much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor's corn also improves.

So it is with our lives.

Those who choose to live in peace must help their neighbors to live in peace.

Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of life is measured by the lives it touches.

And those who chose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.

So if you have something good, don't keep it to yourself but share it.

It is when we give that we receive...and receive much much more


Contributed by Debbie Laswell

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