Love is an activity, not a passive affect; it is a “standing in,” not a falling for- the active character of love can be described by stating that love is primarily giving, not receiving- and for the productive character, giving is the highest expression of potency. In the very act of giving I experience my strength, my wealth, my power. Giving is more joyous than receiving because in the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness. ~Erich Fromm
have you ever held back because you just didn’t think you had anything to give? and have you held back because you were overwhelmed by how you could empty yourself, so vulnerable in your offerings?
inquiry for today~ find your feet standing firmly on the ground and decide how to move forward….it may not be the same direction you originally started from….you may need to shift….
Whatever its form, the potency and force of love is always present to some degree in true contribution. We have seen that mature spirited love is dependent on the relative presence of virtue, empathy and an evolved self that has something of substance ot give. In offering some gift of self, we give from strength- not from a weakened, fearful or exploitive self; not from submission to external pressures or to manipulate another through our giving. Because each of us is distinctive, as we refine our specific talents and skills, we will have much to offer from the wellspring of the core self. ~Marsha Sinetar