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Gifts of life


A gift comes to you through no action of your own, free, having moved toward you without your beckoning. It is not a reward; you cannot earn it, or call it to you, or even deserve it. And yet it appears. Your only role is to be open-eyed and present. Gifts exist in a realm of humility and mystery—as with random acts of kindness, we do not know their source. - Robin Wall Kimmerer

We often marr the beautiful gifts life has to offer by our thinking. We think, what is the source of someone's kindness, someone's empathetic gesture or even an occurence that we randomly benefit from. We think, why has someone 'invested' their time (energy or money) on us and what is the ulterior motive. But we forget that nature gives out of love and trust, and that humans too are part of nature. We give and take not because we have some calculations running in our mind to benefit at a later date, but because it is the way of our very being. The overwhelming capitalistic system has conditioned us to think otherwise and in its stride after misleading stride, disconnected us from ourselves. We perish in our pride, neither being able to take nor give.

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