stream of consciousness before coffee.

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Thought: When did charity (giving, taking, appreciating, asking for) become a dirty word? One of my dreams in life is to be just well-off enough to sponsor groceries for a handful of families – just good, local, organic food for a few people – but after telling a passing acquaintance this months (if not years) ago, they asked me if I really thought people would take my charity (a word spit out, curled around the tongue and found to be bitter). When did pride take precedence over hope, thankfulness, and respect? Is it this way around the world? Is it this way in your community? Can I really say I am graceful when given charity (be it in friendship or in material things)? Is it more godly to give, or to receive, with poise?

As I am waking, my daughter fitful in sleep beside me, I wonder if love is a kind of charity, and if I am able to receive it as a gift, if I am able to give it without expectations, and why all love, all charity, is not this easy, seamless, comforting.

One Response to stream of consciousness before coffee.

  1. magdalene156
    2007-12-02 06:20 pm UTC (link) Track This
    I love giving gifts whether it be “charity” or just for the heck of it. But admittedly sometimes I am afraid of offending or being seen as “weird”.
    I think it is sad.

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    ivymae
    2007-12-02 06:33 pm UTC (link) EditDeleteTrack This
    Hey, have I mentioned lately that I totally miss you and love when I see your comments and posts? I always forget to tag these entries over here so I see the comments, and usually get them a few days later, when it feels weird to comment back. I can’t believe it’s been a month since Chase was born. I’ve been trying not to be on the comp as much (addictions run deep) but you all are on my mind a lot. So this is just a random little comment to say so, haha.

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    aquidis
    2007-12-02 07:55 pm UTC (link) Track This
    In one of my classes, I learned that agape love, from the Greek, became “caritas” in Latin, which became charity in English. So really, charity should be love.

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    blamedstarlie
    2007-12-03 03:10 am UTC (link) Track This
    I was thinking about this while I was in the shower this afternoon. Wondering if I where wealthy and gave to charities and felt good about it, would that be something that benefited me??? Maybe if I gave til’ it hurt? I don’t know.

    I also like to give things randomly and have the fear of people thinking I am weird. Some of the best gifts I have received where random!

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