“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” — Henri Nouwen
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We have all heard, “you reap what you sow.” But what does it mean, really?
You may have heard of the “Law of Attraction.” These teachings are correct in that what you put out into the universe is what comes back to you. It is Universal Law. It works for everyone and does not depend on the intent of the user. It works for those with altruistic motivations who only care about helping others and it also works for those with more self serving motives of accumulating power and monetary wealth.
Many times the Law of Attraction is associated with money. And who wouldn’t like to attract more money to themselves?
But we are missing the point if we limit this Universal Law to just one aspect of life. It can all be summed up in these simple words. “You reap what you sow.” Or “what you put out into the world comes back to you.”
We create our own reality using our thoughts, words and actions. If we sow love with loving thoughts, words and actions we will reap love. If we sow fear with fearful thoughts, words and actions we will reap fear. If we sow lack with thoughts, words and actions of not having enough we will reap lack. If we sow joy with joyful thoughts, words and actions we will reap joy. If we sow sorrow with sorrowful thoughts, words and actions we will reap sorrow. If we sow peace with peaceful thoughts words and actions we will reap peace.
Now our outward circumstances may not change, but when we change the way we look at them we change. This is how we create our own reality.
Don’t over complicate this. It really is that simple. Now living it? That’s the hard part. It takes time, patience and practice. But as you begin to see how you are attracting things you want as well as things you don’t want into your life you will want to keep trying to learn this skill.
“Each time a person passes by you and you say ‘hello’, imagine that person turning into a candle. The more positivity, love and light you reflect, the more light is mirrored your way. Sharing beautiful hellos is the quickest way to earn spiritual brownie points. You should start seeing hellos as small declarations of faith. Every time you say hello to a stranger, your heart acknowledges over and over again that we are all family.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
One important aspect of following a spiritual path is being of service to our world and our fellow travelers through life. Many times when we think of service we think of large, organized events and much good can be done through some of these events.
But I also want us to look at the opportunities to be of service that are all around us everyday.
Open a door for someone or hold the door for the person behind you.
Help someone who is not tech savvy use a computer.
Reach a jar or box on the top or bottom grocery store shelf for someone with a disability who cannot reach or bend. Those of us who are just short appreciate this as well.
Listen to someone who just wants or needs to talk.
Walk the dog of a sick friend.
Take a meal to a sick friend.
Send cards for any or no occasion. Send them to your friends and family or find an organization that sends cards to sick children or military personnel.
Smile and say hello to people. If you know the person or they are wearing a name tag address them by name.
If you don’t know you neighbors on both sides of you, introduce yourself. If you have elderly neighbors check in from time to time, especially if you haven’t seen them for awhile.
Help those in need as you become aware of individual needs in a way that you can. It may not always involve money. Maybe someone needs a ride, or help finding a job or even just directions when they are driving lost.
Living in an area that is a popular retirement location there are opportunities for service all around. The list above came from my personal experiences. These are the little things we often just do without even thinking about it. There’s no need to have a meeting, form a committee, take a selfie doing the good deed or post it on social media. Just help. Help who you can, when you can, in whatever way you can.
Looking for a way to change the world? Start noticing and acting on those little opportunities to be of service. Spread the love and light of God around, even in small ways. We all need it right now.