Sometimes life gives you lemons, sugar and beautifully clear water all at the same time and all mixed together ready for you to drink.
That is how we feel this morning in Bettina Networks little community.
Something very small, but very important in the way we live and are with each other.
At the end of a Bettina estate sale, everything left goes to the Bettina Network Foundation and we look for those who are in need and work with them to help them establish a better, more productive lifestyle. We prefer helping those who are recently homeless, because they have the greater need.
Well, one such person established a new policy with these sales. It is called “When you are given something, give back.” No matter how little you have you can always find a way to give to others.
One young woman, in difficult circumstances, was given a dining room table and chairs from one of our sales – something that didn’t sell. She called the person from Bettina’s who gave her the gift and said “I would like to help on your next sale.” And help she did. She didn’t help in the actual sale, she helped during those evening hours after the sale when we pack and move what is left to clean out the house and leave it ‘broom clean’ for the next inhabitants.
We couldn’t have finished our last sale without her help. What she did was to make it possible for someone else to receive a gift as she had and to make sure the gifts could continue to be given because we were fulfilling our obligations to those who were ultimately providing these gifts.
At the end of her work evening – and she worked unbelievably hard – she decided she wanted to join our small band permanently. She liked what we did – the way we were with each other – and felt she had a lot to contribute.
She also wholeheartedly joined the rest of us who do this work for the benefits of weight loss and the exercise it provides. We don’t have to join a gym to work out we have our own calisthenics and weight loss machines to help us reduce fat and move it around the body from one place to another:) I won’t give her name. You will see her around Bettina Network activities and hope you will reach out to embrace another human being who has decided it is time for all of us to look out for each other – without agendas.
We all need to give back. No matter how independent we think we are and no matter how strongly we consider ourselves ‘self-made’.
Sometimes, we just don’t know how to give back or to who. Well, Bettina Network Foundation is providing a way for you to do that. Join us and help us to help more people get their lives on a new footing. We are lawyers, doctors, management, sales people, bankers, therapists, psychiatrists and the very young learning to live in a way that we thrive realizing and committing ourselves to make sure that others thrive also.
Want to join us? Have a home that you want to open to become one of Bettina Network’s Hedge Schools? Call us and lets talk – or email us.
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