The dragonfly myth I was most familiar with tells the story of the water beetle’s transformation into a beautiful blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings designed for flying and seeing the beauty of a whole new world.
County music diva Kathy Mattea’s lyrics, “Standin’ knee deep in a river and dyin’ of thirst,” could well apply to the quagmire many people get into when they start their philanthropic quest.
’Tis the season to be giving. The holidays are a great time to donate to your favorite charity. Of course giving back to a good cause is great for the soul, but it can also be good for the pocketbook, in the form of a tax deduction.
Aristotle calls it eudemonia: well-being of the soul; Buddhism refers to it a nirvana: spiritual enlightenment. As the song laments, “Money makes the world go round,” but what about our happiness, well-being and enlightenment?
What’s important is how we spend our “dash”—that little line between the dates of birth and death which represents all the days lived on earth. It's not about the cars, house or the cash—but how we live and love. And stories are the ties that bind.
Have you noticed that when adversity strikes in our life, we tend to reflect inward to find the strength and courage to carry on? We seem to know that deep inside our spirit is a reserve of moral fortitude waiting to rekindle our energy.
As maturing Baby Boomers, we know the world we’re passing on to the next generation is not what we inherited. Our GenXers will inherit a different world, a world we made. Do we pass on the selfish “me-me” values, or the idealistic “we-we” values?