On Giving

Here is the best true story on giving I know, and it was told by Jack Kornfield of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre.

An eight-year-old boy had a younger sister who was dying of leukemia, and he was told that without a blood transfusion she would die. His parents explained to him that his blood was probably compatible with hers, and if so, he could be the blood donor. They asked him if they could test his blood. He said sure. So they did and it was a good match. Then they asked if he would give his sister a pint of blood, that it could be her only chance of living. He said he would have to think about it overnight.

The next day he went to his parents and said he was willing to donate the blood. So they took him to the hospital where he was put on a gurney beside his six-year-old sister. Both of them were hooked up to IVs. A nurse withdrew a pint of blood from the boy, which was then put in the girl’s IV. The boy lay on his gurney in silence while the blood dripped into his sister, until the doctor came over to see how he was doing. Then the boy opened his eyes and asked, “How soon until I start to die?”

This is a quote from the awesome book Bird by Bird by Anne Lammott. If you feel that something is happening in your life that you can’t control, just take a moment to think what it would have been like to be that boy the night before he lay on that hospital bed. What an excruciating decision to have made! And he was 8 years old. Sometimes it takes an 8 year old to show us what true sacrifice is! Thankfully he got it wrong and he didn’t have to die for his sister that day, but WOW what a heart.

I wonder where we would be as a human race if more of us had a perspective like that…

Hmm…something to ponder on this blustery autumn evening.

I hope everything is going well for everyone! It’s been a while and I’m hoping to get back into this space over the next few weeks. I’ve had a lot of things going on over the last few months. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for being patient and remind you to pop back to check on this site again where I hope to update you all a little more often this Autumn.

Thanks for your continuous support!

Peace and Love,


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