• Jolene Roehlkepartain

Giving and Receiving

A lot of people talk about “opening yourself up to the universe” and “receiving what the universe has to give you.” Although I somewhat agree with those statements, I also believe we need to look around and see what we have to give.

Whenever I get paid, I give away a percentage of it to worthy charities. I also periodically examine my possessions and discern whether it’s time for these items to move elsewhere. I’m not talking about the junk around my house or my worn-out clothes. I’m talking about the good stuff.

Like my 15-speed, purple bike. I had ridden it two times since I had bought it. Even though I loved the color, the bike put too much stress on my knees. So my barely used bike sat in the garage.

When I heard about a high school student from Nigeria needing a bike, I gave him mine. He rode off with the bike that wasn’t meant for me to keep.

Since I started giving away things, other valuables have appeared in my life. Like the antique mirror and brush that my grandma owned when she was alive. My grandma, who bore 13 children during the depression—and was poorer than poor—would brush her hair while I saw on her bed watching her as she told me how proud she was of me. When I look in that mirror, I can see her smiling at me.

Why did I think I needed that purple bike when my grandmother’s mirror and brush were just waiting for me to open my hands to receive them?

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