We seem to have lost the ability to share. When fear takes over sharing is the first thing to go and as we look around the world our unwillingness to share lies at the core of every problem. It is also appears to be in every area of our lives: our unwillingness to share power as in Syria, our unwillingness to share resources, wealth, knowledge and even our space.
The most obvious area it seems to show up in is around our wealth. Oxfam tells us that 1% of the world own as much
as the rest of the world combined. Few political figures are willing to address this issue and those that do face major attacks. Many of us seem to take a delight in avoiding paying anything like our fair share in taxes – some avoid it all together! Yesterday President Obama spoke in Greece about how this imbalance is the major challenge facing democracy in the world today.
Our nature is to share. Sharing is a dynamic, an ingredient, a mainstay of love and love is what we all seek and we seek it because it is our essence; it is what we are made of and it is what we will eventually return to. But in the meantime we need to win back our courage and begin to share ourselves, our resources and gifts with others that also inhabit this home of ours. Like so many of the dynamics we speak about it all starts with ourselves, willingness to transcend our scarcity, competitiveness and fear.
We might be able to hang in there and keep on the winning side for the length of our lives but we need to look to our children and their children. If we learn to share we will discover that there is enough for everybody, there are no shortages and everyone can live without scarcity.
When we fall in love and our hearts are open it feels natural for us to share, to give, to be generous. So would it not follow that if we were to start acting in these ways it would lead us back to that state of feeling in love, feeling love and letting ourselves be loved?
We face this choice every day. All of us will face it today in many invitations to share or not to share. So what will you do? What will I do? I think the answer is that I will set my intention to share with as many of those around me as I can, always recognising I could do more, much more.
And when I wake up tomorrow I will set the intention to do just that all over again!