We Are The Solution

There’s an old account/story told that goes as follows:

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A town lies in the pathway of an oncoming flood. The residents are warned that they must evacuate because the water level is rising very quickly. Most people heed the warning and flee, using whatever means available to find dry land. One man, however, remains in his home. The water rises to the level of his front porch. Soon after, people in a rubber dinghy paddle up to his house. “Get in,” they call, “we’ll save you!” “No,” says the man, “I’m waiting on God to save me!” The people in the dinghy reluctantly leave, and the waters continue to rise.

A few hours later, the man is forced to climb to the second floor of his home. He is standing on the balcony when people in a power boat come by. “Get in,” they call, “we’ll save you!” “No,” calls the man, “I’m waiting on God to save me!” The people reluctantly leave, unable to believe their eyes.

The flood waters rise with even greater intensity, and the man is forced to climb onto the roof of his home. He is clinging to the chimney when a helicopter flies overhead. A rope ladder is flung out of the helicopter, and a rescuer descends. “Grab hold,” calls the rescuer, “we’ll save you!” “No,” shouts the man, “I’m waiting on God to save me!” The helicopter is forced to fly away. The house finally tumbles over in the raging waters, and the man drowns. The story relates that he goes to Heaven and that he is very angry with God. “I believed in You!” he cries. “Why didn’t you save me?” To this, God replies: “What did you want? I sent you a dinghy, a power boat, and a helicopter!”

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There was a time when I thought the account was just a mildly amusing story–which reveals that I, too, missed the boat! The story is actually intended to relate great wisdom. God/Source/The Universe works through us. Until we understand this, we’re missing a tremendously important point. All of us possess gifts that are intended to be shared for the benefit of everyone; and fortunately our gifts are as unique as we are. To enable ourselves to give from the heart, we must do some soul searching and discover our true passion. When we live our purpose–there’s the joy!

The next time that you’re seeking Divine assistance with a certain problem, keep your eyes open (and intuition attuned). The solution you’ve been searching for might arrive through a person sitting next to you on the bus or subway; or through a friend who knows of a friend. More important, you might realize that Divinity Incarnate–in you and the “other” person–is looking at Itself.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2022 – R. Arthur Russell

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Giving of Ourself

Give

Society–at least in the Western world–is often consumed with the idea of getting. Too often we believe that we have to get the best education; get the best job; get the perfect spouse; get the best house! And with that mindset of getting, we can find ourselves in the mental trap of having to get even more! If we’re going to manifest effective change in our lives, however, we must change that thinking. The notion of getting first–prior to giving–breaches the law of supply, which decrees that we must give first.

This concept may be difficult to understand–especially if we believe that we have nothing to give–but it will be easier to grasp if we contemplate nature. In this case, we’ll look at how a farmer must give first, before ever hoping to receive. At the right time, in the right place, the farmer gives by preparing the soil and buying and planting seed. All work is performed with no guarantee of a successful harvest. That doesn’t deter the farmer from giving, however; for he/she understands–perhaps only intuitively–the law of supply. If the farmer does not give first, the fields will soon lie fallow.

For those who desire to receive, rest assured that we will. All that we have to do is believe in the nature’s creative process by first serving a need. We must discover a way to give. If we’re employed in a menial job and would prefer a better job, we may give our best effort! And not just once, but 100% of the time! We must be the type of employee that we, ourself, would hire! We must go above and beyond, finding creative ways to serve our employer and customers more effectively. If we rise above our calling in one workplace–or our best efforts are not recognized or rewarded–a move to another place of business may be required…and the next after that. Always, though, we must continue to give first.

In our personal life, aligning with this law pays huge dividends in the form of loving relationships, both romantic and platonic. What partner or friend wouldn’t prefer to be with someone who finds ways of giving–attention, kindness, special gifts? In time, such behaviour will attract a person of similar values who believes that love–in and of itself–means to give without thinking “what’s in this for me?” Does this mean we should be a doormat for others? No, for we must also protect our own state of well being.

The natural laws of life may not be breached or altered by humans, for they were not made by us. We can, however, align with them and, thereby, benefit greatly. Just as we know the law of gravity–and realize that a ball thrown up into the air will fall to the ground–we may know that the Law of Supply is working in us, through us, and for us. After we give–of our talents, resources, love–we have but to wait patiently to receive what returns. Our time and effort will be well spent. And more important, we’ll draw closer to the One that empowers all of life.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell

P.S. Please share this article if you enjoyed it. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020), press here. May it help you in your spiritual journey. 🙏🙏

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