If you want to be happy for an hour . . . take a nap,
If you want to be happy for a day . . . go fishing.
If you want to be happy for a year . . . marry a wealthy partner.
If you want to be happy for a lifetime . . . give.
– Jeff’s latest Chinese saying
It was great to renew our friendships with the SCAD staff, visit farmers who are using Microbz on bananas and gourds, and teach a two day workshop. We were stunned into gratitude and admiration when we saw how this community has embraced and applied what we have offered over the years –a small brewery so that farmers have an alternative to expensive fertilizers and (along with our daughter Katie) teaching Steps to Leadership and workshops for staff.
Now after 3 years we find the farmers want all the Microbz they can get, and staff told us again and again how their lives are enhanced through self-awareness and their families are happier. These beautiful people have been resourceful, and found ways to keep the initiatives alive. For us it is an impressive and humbling lesson in how giving and not pushing or monitoring or expecting any result reaps reward – we feel inspired and motivated by their achievements.
So what is it about giving that makes us happy? I think it is really simple, like all good things are: when we extend ourselves beyond our boundaries we grow. We transcend our limitations as we bump into and along with others. This joining, this contact with others, brings joy and excitement and fulfillment. So what do we want – meanness or meaning?
Sue and Jeff