Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Giving of gifts

Today I drew the Six of Earth or Pentacles.  Sharing and exchanging, as Rachel Pollack describes in Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom - "giving people what they are able to receive."


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So instead of the Tarot card I drew for the Six of Earth I have gone with a different rendition, a pair of hands sharing energy to another.  Then that person can decide what to do with the gift, giving them control over what they will or will not do with the gift.  Years ago when I gave something to someone or did something for someone(s) it was assumed that I would get something back at the very least a 'thank you.'  Many times I was disappointed in others when the disappointment really should have been with myself.  Giving is the gift itself.  It has taken me years to let go of the expectation of reciprocity, in fact I still have issues, mostly when I wish someone a good day and don't hear the return salutation.
It reminds me of a quote from the Bible 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'  I am different from the next so doing for me is different from doing from you; so that gift I give, may not mean the same to another...

3 comments:

  1. blush. don't tell anyone but one consistent thing about all the workplaces I've been in, I hated having to say a cheery good morning.
    Moonboy=square peg

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  2. Ah, that expectation of reciprocity can be a burr under the saddle. Like you, I often expected a "thank you" and never got it. The one thing I like about the Six of Pents is the sense of bringing something back into balance. If I give in a discerning way without expectation, I can help do that.

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  3. Over the years I've learned that is doesn't need to be the same person who returns the gift you gave them. f.i. If I help someone to do their groceries maybe another day someone entirely else will fix my tire...

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