Give And Take

Quote Title: Kahlil Gibran
Give And Take: For To The Bee A Flower Is A Fountain Of Life, For To The Flower A Bee Is A Messenger Of Love. And To Both, The Bee And The Flower, The Giving And The Receiving Is A Need And An Ecstasy

Give and take – it’s all about the balance
Both are vital, it’s certainly not by chance
That if we favour the one, over the other
Our growth in life, we will then smother

It’s easy to see how people who take always
Are blocking their integrity in selfish ways
Someone who just blindly focuses on self
Will never gain true freedom, or true wealth

Surprisingly though what many do not know
Is focusing on self is actually the way to grow
Seeking our Soul Guidance we become Aware
Of our true selves, then we desire to share

The difference is our attitude, or way to be
Focusing on self, but with a heart that’s free
Open-eyed and embracing, seeking love and fun
Living consistently with the truth: We Are All One

The Givers, we always respect and admire
Icons throughout history perpetually inspire
Teresa, Gandhi, King, Mandela – to name a few
They evoke our Awakening to the path so true

Worldwide there are billions of people everyday
Giving of themselves to aid others, in their own way
There are no actions or gifts that are ever too small
For even a smile uplifts, giving to the One-And-All

For all the givers there have to be
The ones to receive, even you and me
Both are essential in life, we need the contrast
Enriching each other, we weave a web so vast

In life there are Infinite ways to give
Embodying this is the way to live
Balanced with receiving in Gratefulness
We’re open and flowing, our lives are Blessed

Trina Graves – 31st January 2017


About This Poem

I work my way through a list of quotes to use on my quote poems and this was most definitely one I thought would not be easy. So, when I got to this one I read the quote and did my usual praying for guidance, and then realized it was obviously way to long to use the whole quote for the title. Cutting it in half was still too long, so I thought to just use the start.. so much easier! Once I had this shortened title the words began to flow.

Reading through the poem today I thought the word ‘take’ has a bit of negativity to it, so I just checked my dictionary to confirm the definition and was amazed that there are 35! As I perceived it as a more negative word, as in taking without gratitude, I’m now wondering does that reflect on something I need to work on, or is it a universal way of seeing the word within the context of ‘Give and Take?’ What do you think?

Many people inspire us, along with the great icons of history there are our own heroes, whether well known, or people who are part of our everyday lives. 

The people who have inspired me have changed over the years: As a child it was my teacher, who developed my love of music.  As a young teen it was the Osmonds with their music and values of family and faith. I can’t remember any strong influences from the 80’s, but in the 90’s, and until today, it is those who have a strong connection to Spirit or God/Source: Betty Shine, Eileen Caddy, Neale Donald Walsch, Wayne Dyer and Abraham-Hicks. Also, I have two amazing friends who inspire me with their creativity and ever open hearts. We no longer live near to each other, so I don’t get to see them very often, but they are both so caring and wonderfully inspiring. They are both a blessing in my life.

Who has inspired you in your life? And why? I’d love to know, if you’d like to share. 🙂 

Trina Graves quote from inspirational poem Give And Take - Spiritual Quotes To Live By