Love Begets Love

Love is the one treasure that multiplies by division. It is the one gift that grows bigger the more you take from it. It is the one business in which it pays to be an absolute spendthrift. Give it away! Throw it away! Splash it over! Empty your pockets! Shake the basket! Turn the glass upside down!—And tomorrow you will have more than ever.—Author unknown


Everybody has influence. One person walking in love will encourage others to do likewise. If you’ll only show love, someone else will catch the same spirit. It’s such a catching thing—love in action—and it spreads from heart to heart. If we shine forth with enough love, others will reflect it.—D.B.B.


Love can cause marvelous chain reactions. As one person reaches out to love another, it can set in motion a chain reaction of love that continues and continues and continues. A single loving deed, a loving word, or even a loving thought, is all it takes. Love begets love.—S.S.


Loving-kindness is twice blessed; it blesses he who gives and he who receives.—Author unknown


Pretense?—Or reality?

While on a hunting trip with his father, twenty-year-old Henry Fawcett was blinded in both eyes when his father accidentally fired his shotgun. Before the accident, Henry had been a bright, ambitious young man with a promising future. No one would have blamed him if he’d become depressed and bitter after the accident—and he almost did. But one thing saved him: Henry deeply loved his father, who was nearly out of his mind with grief at what he had done to his son.

The only way Henry could save his father’s sanity was to choose hope over despair, and that’s just what he did. He pretended to be cheerful, even though he was miserable. He pretended to take an interest in life that he did not feel. He pretended to have hope that he could still lead a successful and useful life, even when he felt no such hope.

Then an odd thing happened. The pretense turned into reality. It was as if, by an act of will, he had exorcised an evil spirit. The “new” Henry Fawcett was later elected to the British Parliament. Later, at the request of the Prime Minister, William Gladstone, he became postmaster general and greatly improved the English postal and telegraph systems.—Retold by K.P.


Sure cure

One morning as a nurse was walking to work, she noticed a frail, stooped, elderly man hurrying in the same direction. She wondered where he was going in such a hurry at such an hour, and whether it was safe for him to be out alone considering his obviously declining physical state.

Later that day, the nurse was surprised to see the same old man walking down a corridor in the large hospital where she worked. It turned out that he was not there for treatment, as she first supposed, but had come to cheer and help others.

The two talked, and the old man told her that several months earlier, while sitting home alone with only his aches and pains for company, he had had an unexpected and unusual thought: How much better it would be to get out and do something. Surely there were others worse off than him, whom he could help.

He had acted on that thought, gone to the hospital, and offered to work as a volunteer. By the time this nurse met him, he had already been coming two mornings each week to help in whatever way he could. He enjoyed interacting with the staff, the patients, and their families, and had a lot to give them in the way of colorful stories and sage advice from a lifetime of ups and downs. By helping others, he had been able to forget his own health problems; and in giving of himself, he had found a new lease on life.—Retold by K.P.


The person who sows seeds of love and kindness enjoys a perpetual harvest.—Author unknown


There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.—King Solomon1

1. Proverbs 11:24-25
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