“Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting.” ~ Brian Tracy
At the local library here, I can freely check out books, music, and dvds. But there are some books with the words "Reference Only" on the spines; these books are considered too valuable and hard to replace to be taken from the library. As I get older, I find that it is my time that I weigh more carefully than my money when it comes to giving it away. Whether I'm at a movie or listening to a friend on the phone, I don't want to feel like my time would be better spent doing something else. Otherwise, I'll not be able to "give without remembering" and will end up with a resentment. Likewise, if I am the one taking up a person's time, I want them to know I realize its worth. Whining or airing my opinions about the same thing over and over is not quality time. Those scales of balance work both ways...
From the I Ching Pack comes "Lake over Lake - Truth and Joy:"
Truth and true friends - two joys that bring delight and success.
Lake over Lake suggests that not only can I see deeply, I can also see clearly. This hexagram reminds me that as I communicate with others, I need to forgo the surface stuff and speak from the heart. I need to speak authentically and have enough respect for others to allow them to do the same. Honesty and integrity can be a source of freedom and can help me weigh how I spend my time as well as with whom I spend my time.