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The Temptation to Hoard

As fearful people we are inclined to develop a mind-set that makes us say: "There's not enough food for everyone, so I better be sure I save enough for myself in case of emergency," or "There's not enough knowledge for everyone to enjoy; so I'd better keep my knowledge to myself, so no one else will use it" or "There's not enough love to give to everybody, so I'd better keep my friends for myself to prevent others from taking them away from me." This is a scarcity mentality. It involves hoarding whatever we have, fearful that we won't have enough to survive. The tragedy, however, is that what you cling to ends up rotting in your hands.

Seeing the Miracle of Multiplication

The opposite of a scarcity mentality is an abundancy mentality. With an abundancy mentality we say: "There is enough for everyone, more than enough: food, knowledge, love … everything." With this mind-set we give away whatever we have, to whomever we meet. When we see hungry people we give them food. When we meet ignorant people we share our knowledge; when we encounter people in need of love, we offer them friendship and affection and hospitality and introduce them to our family and friends.

When we live with this mind-set, we will see the miracle that what we give away multiplies: food, knowledge, love … everything. There will even be many leftovers.
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"There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop  down and lift mankind a little higher."

-Henry van Dyke, poet (1852-1933)

I bit off that piece of confidence—

forged ahead, into the endless struggle—

 

shrieking at its pungency

like a woman grown insipid,

 

having awakening with sleep-

encrusted eyes, I stand seeking,

 

with yearning as motivation.

And life goes on.

" The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of the person.  It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it…it calls up resources of strength and courage that they did not know they had."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Can't guess stances on illegals by politics by Nat Irvin

"Who says we have to be consistent? "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in his essay "Self-Reliance."

"With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do…. Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradicts everything you said today," he wrote."

see the rest of Nat Irvin's column  in todays' Winston-Salem JournalNat Irvin is the assistant dean of MBA student development at Wake Forest University's Babcock School of Management and the executive professor of Future Focus 2020.

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