Every time I write a check I get a commission

Earlier this week wildlife sculptor Kate VanNoorden related this to me in hushed awe:

“Every time I write a check I get a commission!”

She was speaking of giving charitably. Kate likes to give to those in need locally whenever she can. She’s been helping out a family whose dear young daughter is going through severe health trauma.

She said she’s noticed this — the more she gives the more she receives. 

Kate says it’s eerie, how commissions come her way at just the right pace. More and she’d feel too frenetic. Fewer and she wouldn’t feel fully engaged.

Mike Dooley echoes this sentiment. He says whenever he starts to feel financial fear he immediately sits down and starts writing checks to organizations that inspire him. 

Not only does he get excited by where the money’s going, the process immediately makes him feel part of the great universal flow. 

You know what he’s talking about — the great cosmic circulatory system, those unseen lungs breathing in, breathing out, keeping it all in circulation, the good, the necessary, the wondrous, the surprising.

Our giving stopped almost entirely when the crash walloped us. Through that experience we were forced to learn how to receive.

In recent years as our fortunes turned we’ve been giving again. And damn if the universe doesn’t outgive you at every turn! It will take a lifetime of giving to give as much as we’ve received.

You’ve got the music in you

Don’t let go
You’ve got the music in you
One dance left
This world is gonna pull through
Don’t give up
You’ve got a reason to live
Can’t forget
We only get what we give

You Get What You Give, The New Radicals

For you 

Evan Griffith

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Excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter From A Birmingham Jail