Sometimes we try to give more than we have…sometimes we take more than we should.
When we are children, we often take…and take…and take some more. We take knowledge from teachers, wisdom from parents, and energy from the world. We take life, money, hugs, kisses, tears, and habits from those around us willing to give.
When we have children, we give…and give…and give some more. Sometimes parents feel no end to the constant giving of time and energy devoted to raising our children, loving them in the way they need to feel love, and disciplining in a way that is meaningful to them, as well.
When we are sick, we take…and take. We take medicines, energy, and support from our caregivers. We take healing from prayers and hope and faith.
When we are well, we give…and give. We give treats to neighbors, kind words to those feeling lonely, carefully typed comments on someone’s blog.
When the holidays come around, we give. We give canned food to shelters, toys to children, and money to charity.
When we get married, we give…and take. We give ourselves to one another in the name of union and love…and we take companionship, love, connection (which hopefully is shared more than taken).
Where are you on the continuum of giving and taking…and which feels more fulfilling?
I follow the posts from HONY (Humans of New York) on Facebook…and the post came yesterday that Brandon is taking a trip after no breaks for two years. He has given many people a view of New York through its people that we could not experience without the power of his photography and the internet by which he shares his images. He has given for two years and (hopefully) will now be able to take a break and bask in the blessing of the gift he has given the world through this creative project he has undertaken.
My husband asked me the other day, “What do you find most challenging?” A flood of thoughts poured into my mind, including my writing challenges, keeping up with kiddos’ schedules and homework assignments, making time to refill myself so I have something to give…but my reply came simply, in one word.