“You’re gonna get another coffee, Mom,” six-year-old Jonathan said.
“Because you’re wasting money.”
“If I want to get another coffee, I’m going to do it. I deserve it.” We drive through the Starbucks so I can get another cup of coffee because this evening I can tell is going to be challenging. I need to awaken the spirit inside, not to mention my eyes. I thank the barista and take my cup of coffee.
“Great. You did it. Wasted money again,” Jonathan said.
“What do you mean I wasted money? What are you talking about?”
“The money could go to kids in Africa,” he said.
I’m in awe and inspired by his compassion and generosity. Lately, both Jonathan and David have been talking about helping children in Africa who are hungry. David said they talked about it in school. I told them that we could do our part by going online and making a donation like when we bought a mosquito net to help prevent the spread of malaria. They were pleased with the thought of doing that and then we recalled the story of the nets.
Jonathan truly makes me laugh. He is a six year old beyond his years with an amazing disposition, keen mind, and compassionate heart. I am so fortunate to be present to his spirit.
Guiding Lesson: Eve, what a kind-hearted little boy you have. His caring and thoughtful nature touches my heart. Imagine if the world took children more seriously how different things would be? They are such great teachers and they inspire you to create meaningful change so their future is bright.
What also struck me about Jonathan’s comment is not only did he see a possibility to make a difference, but he noticed the abundance that exists around him. He is very aware of what he has and the responsibility that this brings as a global citizen. Jonathan is able to see beyond his world and believes the choices he makes or doesn’t make can impact those across the globe who are less fortunate. What a tremendous gift he is!
Eve, I know how proud you are of him. He is growing up so fast and is so wise. He can teach everyone about being mindful of sharing their talents, treasures or time and not wasting what has been so freely given.
So now evaluate the abundance you have received. Are there opportunities to make better use of your talents, of your treasures and your time? How do you share what you have with those around you? Are there parts of you crying out for your attention because they need nourishment, healing and love? How will you respond to the places within you so that you can reach out to the world around you? It is important to take care of the neglected poor places within you so that you are able to see the abundance you have and share it with those around you.