“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” (Kahlil Gibran ~ poet)
Labors of love require time and energy. The pleasure of such love is two-fold as the task-oriented individual truly enjoys mental or physical exertion to benefit or enhance the life of a separate being. The giver seeks no material exchange of appreciation, but rather cherishes the smile or relief that presents itself on the face of the receiver. Happiness is the prize. Memories are the keepsake.
We gain connectedness to a person or to the type of individual we are when we delve into a labor of love. The best representation of my thoughts likely come from family values reflected in children when those children turn adult and return to their roots to perform the tasks I speak of. Children seek out ways to make life more pleasurable for the people who selflessly nurtured them.
Many Rush County families had a similar upbringing to mine with a set of great parents who lived the good life. Respect, compassion, gratitude, and unconditional love were but a few of personalized characteristics passed down from the older generation. We were shown, by example, that giving of yourself was a great representation to the type of person you are and to your upbringing.
It’s easy to be caught up in a busy life to the point that we find no time to reflect on who we are or where we came from. Thoughts of our childhood upbringing and our current life pass like two ships in the night -- a rush of waves and a slight glance in the other direction but then we keep moving on. Deep reflection comes when the ships anchor side-by-side if even for a short while.