This is a time in our country to appreciate our capacity for bigheartedness.
Have you ever considered the reality that generosity is built into our world? The sun generates the heat and light that makes the earth livable for us. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release the oxygen we need to breathe. And our planet gives us the rich soil necessary for growing food.
All this generosity happens without any intention. Neither the sun nor the trees think about giving or not giving. Their contribution is simply the activity of the inter-dependent larger whole.
Because human beings are part of this larger whole, generosity is built into us. Babies smile and lovers hug. Giving and receiving is happening all the time. It’s just that we don’t always notice it.
Even after all this time
The sun never says to the earth
“You owe me”
What happens with a love like that?
It lights up the whole sky