With Some Notes and Some Quotes
This part is about notes: The two replies to my last post on what qualifies as a gift fall into the both/and category. I agree, so I am ready to move on, at least as soon as I summarize those replies, since my dark perception of readers is that few will go back to check old posts. OK, summary: Lisa says realistically every gift falls somewhere on a continuum of joy. Well, those aren’t her words exactly but rather my paraphrase. But don’t you just love “continuum of joy”! I’m so glad I thought of it because now I just want to go around asking people, “Where are you on the continuum of joy? 100%, 90? 10?”
But I digress, which is my spiritual tendency. Still, to digress may be a lesser sin than attention deficit, which is also my spiritual tendency and into which I am sure to relapse very soon. For now, however, I will stay with the program long enough to give you the quotes and also to summarize the second reply where Janie observes that perhaps there is a difference between gifting in general and a gift economy: for example, on a personal level one might feel s/he could continuum to give no matter how the recipient responds, but “For a gift economy to work, the giver would have to feel joyful and encouraged to give again…otherwise the cycle stops.” Write on, Janie! Here’s to a future of gifting in whatever form it happens to take!
Getting back to what I was saying about relapsing, I feel boredom setting in with this topic of sacred economics, so I am going to wrap it up with a few quotes from Eisenstein and others. Each one deserves a post of its own, but as I said, I’m tired of this topic, but maybe one of you would like to write a guest post about one of these or something else on sacred economics (Lisa? Janie?)
And now the (quite random) quotes:
“When gratitude inspires a return gift, we must not give it too quickly, or it becomes a transaction not so different from a purchase.” Eisenstein
“True wealth is a flow, not accumulation.” Eisenstein
“We are heading toward a King Midas world where everything we touch turns to money and we lose the ability to touch each other.” Eisenstein
“…as the extreme of yang contains the birth of yin, so does the extreme of separation contain the seed of reunion. …reunion is greater than union for in it is included the experience of separation.” Eisenstein
“…freely you received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” Einstein
Whoa! Einstein? That is only two letters away from EiSEnstein! Is that weird, or what?
Well, whatever you think about that, here’s my continuuming wish for you:
May you always find yourself high on the continuum of joy.
P.S. Instead of, or in addition to writing a guest post, you are also welcome to reply to any of the above even though I am already on to a new writing my future topic in my mind. It’s a very interesting one, so I hope you will stay tuned by signing up for e-mail alerts on the blog itself or by e-mailing me at email@example.com. In terms of the blog, as I understand it, you will need to hit the reply button on a post in order for the sign-up form to come up. Word Press has a double-opt-in system where you will have reaffirm you want in, so if you don’t get an e-mail to this effect, check your spam folder.