Thought of the Day July 12, 2016

By 10:00 AM

"It is important to know when we can give attention and when we need attention. Often we are inclined to give, give, and give without ever asking anything in return. We may think that this is a sign of generosity or even heroism. But it might be little else than a proud attitude that says: "I don't need help from others. I only want to give." When we keep giving without receiving we burn out quickly. Only when we pay careful attention to our own physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs can we be, and remain, joyful givers. There is a time to give and a time to receive. We need equal time for both if we want to live healthy lives." (Henri Nouwen) It is also true to say that there is a time to love and a time to be loved. Many people are afraid of love, especially to receive love. The wounded heart says it hurts too much to allow another to love it. But can we truly give unconditional love to another if we are closed to unconditional love from the other? The door of our hearts have to swinging doors so that we can give and receive freely. Only then can our life remain balanced.

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