a reader's follow-up
>This will probably surprise and confound the "giver",
>but strangely s/he will soon feel very good inside to
>helping someone out. In other words, your thing is to
>respond to *all* "finds" as a Receiver of Gifts, not
>as a taker of other peoples' trash. Higher Consciousness,
>dear friend, rather than anal reaction.
When I have to put out an unfinished cigarette because the bus arrives, I
put it out carefully so as to leave as much smokable as possible, always
avoiding puddles and such, yes it's for whoever comes later and cares for
a smoke, my relationship with Tobacco is such that I would never treat it
as trash. If you were sitting on a nearby bench, I wouldn't even have to
put it out first would I. So enjoy. Take a puff. Send the smoke up and
think of me.
In fact, you might improve the place a bit by adding a theatrical
"tsk-tsk" as you notice the waste of an entire half a cigarette just lying
there... Used to be times and places when the plant was treated with much
Strange thought, that because you don't have "your own" you have no
business helping me finish mine.
And it's not just tobacco. Anything which is a gift in life should not,
must not, be treated as trash, as something too horrid to be touched.
Surplus food treated as something dirty? Hmph!!! Why does its surplus-ness
make it untouchable? Ever notice how surplus love is considered shameful
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