Morning Cup of Joe – The Oak Tree

You may not be around to see the tree it will inevitably become but that shouldn’t prevent you from planting the seed. Most of us make the serious error of not investing simply because the return on our investment may take a little longer than we’d like. The investments I speak of are not the same kind of investments you would see on Wall Street yet the mathematics is the same. Invest your time and effort towards improving the lives of others and you will yield incredible returns. Just like investments, some of your returns may not be great and others may take time to get there yet that should not deter you from investing.

Sometimes we have to trust the teacher within. Trust the teacher so much so that you are confident that you have imparted the necessary knowledge that will take the student to the next level. Oftentimes as the teacher we restrict from teaching because we are not sure if the lesson will stay with the recipient. Ask any teacher you know and they will tell you the same, just because a student is not willing to learn doesn’t mean I shouldn’t teach them. In the same token, just because someone is not willing to accept the gift of your efforts doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give it to them anyway. You are your brother’s keeper.

Trust that your efforts will make an impact. Trust that what you invest will always yield incredible results. The world needs seed planters like you. The world is starving for folks who aren’t afraid of seeing the promise in someone even if they don’t recognize it themselves. Do not be afraid of putting in the hard work even if someone else is going to get paid. In the end, since we are all connected, we all benefit. If you are not someone who gives of themselves as often as they can, make the conscious effort to change that today! We cannot reasonably expect miracles to happen if we aren’t involved in the creation of the miracle ourselves.

There is so much fertile land amongst the human race and countless people do not recognize the incredible contribution they can make to the world. This is implicitly why we should plant a seed in others with the faith and understanding that one day, with the necessary care, effort and attention, it will grow into the tall oak tree it was destined to become. First, plant the seed.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – Do More For Her

Our debt to humanity is expressed through service. Once we fully understand that the world is meant to be shared, our need for individual gain lessons. We must learn to not only tolerate but also appreciate one another for our individual contributions to the world around us. Notice I said “contributions”; we must selflessly give of ourselves if we are going to progress as whole. Not one race or creed is better than the other; the only race that matters is the human race. We must equally do our part to ensure that our children can grow up in a world free from worry, division, war, famine and fear.

The founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, once said “To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.” It certainly is success when we shift our focus from selfish needs to focusing on what we can do for others including all of the external forces that assist in keeping the world moving. It certainly is success when we seek to help others around us who are less fortunate than you may be. It certainly is success when we consciously increase our desire to provide than our need to acquire. In essence, success is based on doing more for others than the expectation of what others can do for you.

Each year around Thanksgiving, Christmas and points before and in between, I volunteer my time, treasure and effort to serve the less fortunate through various service projects. I do not expect an award nor do I strive for recognition; I simply do my part. My part is giving back. My part is understanding that the person I am handing a plate of food to could have easily been me. My part is planting a seed of hope in souls who are thinking about or are on the brink of giving up. Once you understand that we are all connected, it will be easier for you to see past the surface and your ability to shift the focus from how you can benefit to how you can benefit others shifts greatly. Since we are all connected, it is critically important that you understand that we are all links in a continuous chain and the fact of the matter is we are only as strong as our weakest link. Do your part.

The world is starving for people who care; I encourage you to be the sustenance that satiates her hunger.

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Morning Cup of Joe – Be The Gift

There are so many people who need help in the world. Most people think that it is impossible to help them all. Yet if we try to help one person that may very well open the flood gates that will allow countless others to receive help. Our action can lead to subsequent actions if we pay it forward. Most of us are fortunate enough to have food to eat and a roof over our heads. Unfortunately, that is not a fact for a greater part of the world. That may sound extreme but you truly don’t realize what you have until you see others living without it or until it’s gone.

Never think that what you are able to give won’t make a dent in the problem; not giving at all is so much worse. Some people restrict from giving because they think that the “little” they are able to give won’t make a difference at all. I am here to tell you that every little bit counts. There is something special that occurs when we give. When we give, not only do we open ourselves up to we receive but we begin a cycle of blessings that begin to trickle down. What we receive may not be the gift given but the satisfaction in knowing that your gift will change a life should be blessing enough. Be the gift that changes a life.

The Law of Reciprocity is such that what we give, we absolutely should expect to get back in-kind. Not giving anything will yield similar results; you get nothing. Do not give because you now know that you can expect to reap what you sow; give because your heart tells you to give. I give because I love. I give because I understand that we are all connected. I give because I know that my gifts will change a life. I give because I never know if I’ll ever be on the receiving end. I give because I feel it is my duty to give simply because to whom much is given, so much more is expected.

There was a time when I needed help and help came to me. That is one of the reasons why I give without thinking twice. I challenge you to give your time, your treasure or both if you can. Giving doesn’t just have to be restricted to money; you can give your time to improve the lives of others. Believe it or not, your time is worth more than money. Volunteer your time to improve the lives of others.

If you are not giving back, essentially you are taking from.

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