Kamath Inspires: Give & take
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There is a body of water in Israel
that is actually below sea level. Water constantly trickles INTO it, but,
because of the law of gravity, nothing can flow OUT of it. Do you know the name
of this famous lake? It's called the Dead Sea.
It's called this because the mineral deposits have accumulated to such an extent
that no living thing could survive in this water. The water is literally dead.
Contrast this to what happens with "living water."
When you think of the term "living water" the image that comes to mind is a
rushing river or bubbling spring that is FLOWING. It's filled with life and
movement. It doesn't just "receive," but is also "giving" simultaneously. There
is LIFE there. There's a valuable illustration here.
Many of us believe that we need to RECEIVE more of something in order to be
happy. Whether what we desire is money or love or something else, we think that
we need MORE of it in order to be fulfilled.
As a result of this, we begin to operate in fear and therefore don't GIVE
anything because we're afraid that we won't have enough.
The result? Like the Dead Sea, we become lifeless. When we don't GIVE, we die.
Life is meant to flow. When a pool of anything stops flowing (giving), it
becomes stagnant. Stagnant water breeds disease and death. It can't breathe. It
can't receive any more. If nothing is flowing OUT, there's no room for anything
else to come IN.
The solution? Give. As you give, you WILL receive. It's a universal law. You see
it at work in nature. You see it at work in the economy. You see it at work
everywhere, because it's true.
We've somehow been deceived into believing that if we DON'T give, we'll have
MORE. Or we're afraid that if we DO give, that we won't have anything left.
On one hand, this seems to make sense. But it doesn't work. Because when we
don't give, we shut off the flow of what's coming in.
If you truly desire to receive more of something, start giving it away. I know
this sounds crazy, but it works.
If you want someone to be kind to you, be kind to them.
If you want love in your life, love someone.
If you want money, give some money away.
If you want joy in your life, give joy to someone else.
Inspiring articles by Dr.Ramesh Kamath