The things you do (or have done) for others will come back to you in one way or the other. It doesn't matter if it was good or bad, we all are going to reap just what we sow. There will come a time in your life where your children will become in some shape form or fashion the recipients of the things you sowed.
Being selfish and ungrateful can, in many cases in life, hurt you and or your children. A life of simply taking and never giving other than to your own will cost you in the long run.
I never seem to be able to understand or comprehend why some people just never get the "art of giving." However, they almost always find themselves on the "taking" end of life.
What happens is this cycle becomes unbroken. Your children grow up to become just like you, and they too will never appreciate what others bring into their lives.
Life is so unpredictable. You never know just when you're going to need another person and for what reason. When you learn to extend a helping hand to someone else, the blessing is returned 10 times greater to you or maybe one day in the future to your children.
It gives me great comfort in knowing that one day someone will remember the good seeds I sowed unto them and or their family and will gladly return and extend the same to my children perhaps when I'm not in a position to do so myself.
It takes a whole village to raise a child. I come from a time and place where people looked out for one another. Sharing and giving was a natural thing.
Are you selfishly trapped in a world of me, myself and I? If so, this is another opportunity for you to escape and become free from the world of limits.
Will you ever learn to go out of your way for anyone other than your own? How can you watch what others do for you and yours and never be willing to do the same? What stops you?
Reaping is the power of giving.
If it were not for the kind hearts of other people, I'm not sure where I'd be today.
I thank God everyday for placing "good people" in my pathway. I also thank God for allowing me to have the "spirit of giving" down in my soul.
Oz Nesbitt is a Rockdale County Commissioner. He can be reached at Oz.firstname.lastname@example.org.