Yesterday, I did my weekly political rant. Phew that feels good to get that built up crap out of me. I mentioned Rush Limbaugh and I have to add one more comment here. From what I can tell, those that listen to him are angry, blamers and complainers and must feel pretty miserable about life. I have compassion for their internal struggles and would highly encourage them to stop listening to this darkness because it will only ruin any chance for peace of mind and happiness. There are much better things to do than spend the day listening to stuff that makes a person feel worse. Try giving.
Why do people listen to talk radio anyway? I listen occasionally to Air America but frankly most of it is just more empty opinion, which is too often fear based and blaming. The more you and I listen to the fear and blaming of others, the more powerless and unhappy we feel. These times we are going through need courage and responsibility from all of us. Try giving.
The blame game is boring and unproductive. Instead look around and see where you can make a difference. Is there someone who needs to be looked after or listen to? Are there people hurting in your community that you could help? Can you give of your time or resources to support compassion in action locally? Having compassion is transformative to those helped and helpful in heart for those helping. Giving feels great, where can you give in your community that will make a real difference to other human being?
Sure giving to Public Radio and the local Opera Association is a positive thing but maybe not as satisfying as helping at the local food bank, meals on wheels or homeless shelter. Let your heart be the guide for your giving. Do what feels right and makes you feel good. Giving frees the soul and liberates the heart.
Giving opens the way for receiving.
Florence Scovel Shinn
For it is in giving that we receive.
St. Francis of Assisi
Giving is true having.
No one has ever become poor by giving.
Giving is better than receiving because giving starts the receiving process.
The giving of love is an education in itself.
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.