Don’t settle. You are so special, yet you attach yourself to what isn’t. Cheap fireworks of success. Crumbs of pleasure. Relationships based not on love but on wanting the other person not to love anyone else. The images of “not settling” that we find all around us — images of fame, beauty, or power — are precisely a way of settling, for our deepest worth is invisible to the eye, and to the extent that we grasp only at what we can picture, we sell our brief lives far too cheaply. This is why it is so important to practice generosity and develop joy in giving, for generosity is the easiest and most effortless way to understand your inner worth apart from image. When you give, the open palm of your hand looks empty, yet you sense a fullness within you that is more satisfying and permanent than all your striving to become important. But you will know this truth only by practicing and reflecting on it, for it cannot be depicted on any billboard or in any photograph. So take some time today to tap into this invisible world. Show up for someone else with your time, money, knowledge, presence, or any other resource you can muster. Give more than you think you can, and find strength and comfort in recollecting your generosity. The thing you have most been wanting to do with your one, precious life is to give it away.
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