"Lost within the heart of our present lives an eternity of all mankind's learning. There lies within every man and woman more love, wisdom and capability than we can ever know. We hold within us more knowledge than we will ever understand; enough perfect love to enrich the whole of mankind and sufficient food to feed the world. All we have to do to open our inner treasure chest is to unlock our daily experience of all that is good and wholesome about each other. The pleasure and worth of all experience are doubled when another shares the same values.
People are natural sharers; ask for their help and most people will fall over themselves to tell you what they know and to share their skills. It could be argued that Francis of Assisi indicated that we all have a vested interest in helping others at every opportunity when he said, 'For it is in giving we receive.' Or as my dearly departed mother espoused through example during her lifetime, 'When we give cheerfully and receive gratefully, everyone is blessed.'
It behoves us therefore never to ignore the presence and needs of our neighbour as we need them every bit as much as they need us to maintain our peace of mind. If the time ever comes when we know no peace and our generosity stops at our front door, it will be because we have forgotten that we belong to one another!" William Forde: September 24th, 2017