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It has been expressed by compassionate and caring people that “Great satisfaction comes from sharing with others” and some have used other expressions such as “the more we share, the more we have.” I can truly attest to this notion that sharing what you possess with others will cause you to have a feeling of satisfaction. A Buddhist quote that strikes me as sound spiritual belief and aligns with my own beliefs says that “If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.” Sharing is the staple of humanity and a fabric that unites us as one. It is like the cloth of a quilt. It’s the thread that binds us all together and brings us together for the common purpose of serving human needs.

The great author Richard Carson said, “When we share our own niceness of generosity with someone else, it makes us feel like we are thoughtful people, it reminds us of how nice we are and how deserving we are of kindness.” LHP employees just finished expressing many different acts of kindness as part of a contest for next week’s Employee Appreciation Week.  I am looking forward to learning about all the ways employee teams shared kindness and hearing your stories about the experience.

Remember the words of your parents when as a child you didn’t want to share with others. They would simply look you in the eye and say “be nice.” Whenever we consider sharing with others, we characterize the giver as being nice. However, the act of sharing can be seen in a more deeper characterization than just being nice. It can be viewed as an atmosphere of caring and compassion for the needs of others as expressed in the work of our property managers, maintenance crews and staff.

When we consider sharing with others out of our abundance, remember that sharing can be expressed in different forms, styles, and characteristics. As you journey in life consider sharing this way:

  • Share a laugh or healthy conversation with someone other than your normal buddies.
  • Self-sharing is becoming rare because of the needs of those you care for; however, find time to treat yourself. In other words, care about you for a change!
  • Share ideas, recipes, time, experiences, beliefs, thoughts, skills, etc.

So, Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten