What has touched your heart this year? What are your hopes for the new year? I choose to end this year reflecting on this beautiful, beautiful poem.
When Giving Is All We Have
by Alberto Rios
One river gives
Its journey to the next.
We give because someone gave to us.
We give because nobody gave to us.
We give because giving has changed us.
We give because giving could have changed us.
We have been better for it,
We have been wounded by it --
Giving has many faces. It is loud and quiet,
Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails.
Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,
But we read this book, anyway, over and again.
Giving is, first and every time, hand in hand,
Mine to yours, yours to mine.
You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.
Together we are simple green.
You gave me what you did not have, and I gave you
What I had to give - together, we made
Something greater from the difference.
What unexpected giving will be yours in 2018?