I don’t know, necessarily, if one extreme is better than the other. It’s a noble thought, to give everything away. But, once everything is gone, if I give it all away without regard for regeneration or rebuilding, then what else, ultimately is left of me to continue to be able to give? Have I honored my blessings and been responsible to my blessings by giving them all away?
Moreover, who is to say that giving them all away is not the same, better, or different from throwing them all away? Giving them without so much thought as to whether the giving serves the recipient or the giver?
Shel Silverstein wrote a certain green-covered book, about a tree who loved a little boy so much (Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy)…. and gave everything of herself (do you realize, Shel identified the tree as female) to that boy, then young man, then weary and worn older man. Through Jennifer’s eyes, even as a little girl, the tree seemed ultimately so foolish and too trusting of the intentions and the regard of the boy, then the man. And still, even when she seemed as though there were nothing left of her to give, the tree still gave even more. And, I still have a hard time reconciling what she gave. But, perhaps the parable is lost to me.
I have, definitely, given foolishly. So much I may as well have thrown pieces of me away. Pieces… that can’t be given back. So, then, it is up to me to take… some growth, because unlike that tree who, once chopped down to that stump cannot grow, I can. And look to find more mindfulness to maintain my blessings – not so much to hoard them and not so much to give them all away.
We can all mindfully maintain blessings. We can all mindfully learn and grow. We all have the capability to stay static. We all have the ability to choose.