Living and Giving

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Whatever you give away today
Or think or say or do
Will multiply about tenfold
And then return to you.

It may not come immediately
Nor from the obvious source,
But the LAW applies unfailingly
Through some invisible force.

Whatever you feel about another
Be it love or hate or passion,
Will surely bounce right back to you
In some clear or secret fashion.

If you speak about some person
A word of praise or two
Soon tens of other people
Will speak kind words to you.

Our thoughts are broadcasts of the soul,
Not secrets of the brain.
Kind ones bring us happiness,
Petty ones, untold pain.

Giving works as surely as
Reflection in a mirror,
If hate you send, hate you’ll get back
But loving brings love nearer.

Remember as you start this day
And duty crowds your mind
That kindness comes so quickly back
To those who first are kind.

Let that thought and this one
Direct you through each day
The only things we ever keep
Are the things we give away!

Jerry Buchanan

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