The holidays are upon us. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or how ever you celebrate, the season is all about giving. I wanted to share a lesson that I learned from nature that helps me to understand that giving truly gives life.In the Middle East, there are two bodies of water close to one another – the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee.
There is a reason the first body of water is called the Dead Sea. Nothing lives in the Dead Sea. Why? It is the saltiest body of water on Earth. Why is this? The Dead Sea has no outlets. A river flows into it, but the water cannot leave the Dead Sea, except by evaporation. The Dead Sea gives nothing, and as a result, it is the saltiest and least lively place on Earth.
Nearby is the Sea of Galilee, which is a whole different story. The River of Jordan flows into the Sea of Galilee and the then it continues to flows to outlets. Surprisingly, the sea has significantly more outlets than there are inlets. It is a bit of a mystery as to how it stays full. Interestingly enough, the Sea of Galilee is one the most lively places in the world. More life per cubic inch lives in the Sea of Galilee than almost any other place on Earth. Why is this? It is because the Sea of Galilee gives to its surrounding environment. It gives off more than it takes in, and as a result, it supports an enormous amount of life.
As we head into the holiday season, this is a great analogy to remember; the more we give, the more life we get. Now, you understand that you do not give money, time, and energy with the selfish eye to the future. You give because, that is what we are designed to do.
I just recently read a story in National Geographic magazine where they studied cultures where people tend to live into their 90s, and even passed a hundred years, and have a good quality of life. In all of these cultures, one of the key factors that was found to lead to a long and happy life, is being a giver. They give to their family, they give to their community, they give in their business and they do it joyfully.
Focus on giving with a joyful heart, even once and I promise you will become addicted to it, and your world will become a better place. The secret to enjoying the holidays s that giving, as giving gives life.