WE wish you much joy, happiness and love!
We wish for you the care and comfort
of being surrounded by friends, family
and those who need you and yours!
If we could give to you any gift in the universe, we would give you the joy of giving! Why? To to be able to give, you must know how to love – must be able to love enough that you give without thinking about what is being given back to you! It is the gift of this holiday season, the one for which it was created!
TO GIVE –
is the ground on which the Bettina Network is built!
To give, unconditionally, is to gain the ability to see truth.
Give of yourself to others. You can afford to stop when you see someone in need
– it won’t ruin your life or your career.
Order your life so that much of it is engaged in giving!
To give is a natural part of to live.
To give does not mean giving billions to institutionally structured charities – they will only continue this society
moving in the wrong direction.
To give is a direct act.
There are the homeless – why can’t we give them homes?
There are the hungry – why can’t we feed them?
There are the addicted – why can’t we expect them to give to others?
There are those without proper clothing – why can’t we clothe them?
there are those who need little things to facilitate their lives – a ride to someplace they need to be, but don’t have the ability to get there – a conversation with someone who will really listen – honest feedback on what they are doing which is leading them down the wrong path – friends to be with because they have none and don’t know how to change that – a circle of people with whom they differ so they can understand what life means to those in a different place –
The sin we commit,
which wrecks havoc in this world,
is what we do to shore up our identity as better than ‘those people’.
We are particularly careful of our time, so we give to those in places where we think we will benefit. We work so hard to have the ‘right’ friends, the ‘right’ job’ to live in the most ‘correct’ neighborhood, to have our children go to the ‘best’ schools. We do what we can to keep those out of our neighborhood who would lessen our self-esteem. All of this is tragically life consuming.
Instead, see those in need, dying, grieving, lost. don’t push them aside –
You have time!!
We are rushing toward a horrific end —
we are becoming more isolated.
We are terrified of the germs we might catch from one another
We raise children to inherit FEAR.
Our industries make billions trading on FEAR
We spend billions trying to stay young.
But, in reality,
we only manage to hide from ourselves,
for a little while,
the fact that we will grow old and die.
AND SO WE WARP OUR LIVES.
We keep the sick, the maimed, the dying, in another place so we can go about our lives as though we are immortal and always young and healthy!
Keep those who are old away from us! “Assisted Living?”
We don’t want to see them change!
We wish for you the ability to get out of the crowd working hard to store up treasures which moths and rust do corrupt and into which thieves can break through and steal,
for where your heart is, there also is your treasure.
We wish for you a beautiful world. One in which the flowers are neither all lilies, nor all roses, no matter how beautiful those flowers may be. We wish for you a world full of millions of different flowers – blooming profusely.
We wish for you a world of people who take the time
to care for one another –
who even take the time to care for the stranger.
We wish for you a world and a life full of
the love and the joy which comes
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