Thursday, 15 November 2012
Open your Hand
One such friend is Emily. We've known each other now for about a decade, our children grew up together and our friendship steadily developed. She is one of the most generous and giving people I know. She is living the concept which my sister taught me about as a young girl.
It is the concept of the Open Hand. It should actually be known as a law of nature. When we give something our hands fall open naturally and the result of this is that our hands are also open and thus able to receive. No one can grasp hold of something with a clenched fist. I cannot receive without first opening my hand, and ultimately my heart.
When my husband and I were newly weds, we at times found ourselves having some serious disagreements about (looking back) trivial matters, and in a huff I would withdraw from him only to days later wail that it does not feel as if he loved me. In my mind I reasoned that if he loved me then surely he would seek me out first and show me how much he loved me. After one such incident he said to me with exasperation evident in his voice : "If you want love, then you must give love." It was not exactly the words that I wanted to hear and I rebelled against them, yet those words stuck in my mind and I often pondered them. Finally understanding dawned (how wonderful that everyday we grow wiser!!), and I understood what my husband meant and I started to put those words into practise. What amazing results!!! The effect of it has had a profound effect on my life.
Giving love, I have received abundant love, giving acceptance, I have received the same, forgiving others has given me freedom, spreading happiness has endowed me with peace.
The Open Hand principle makes one a more graceful receiver, and it opens your heart and mind to new possibilities and opportunities.
What do you desire in your life? Friendship? Then go out and be a friend. Tolerance? Be ready to be tolerant. Everything you want is already there, all you have to do is to open your hand to give it in order to receive.
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