I was reading the Gospel of
Luke about the time when Jesus told his disciples to launch out into
deep water if they wanted to get any fish. It's a message to anyone
to anyone who wants to pack meaning into his life. Get away from yourself.
Don't be tied up with yourself. "Put out into deep water, and let
down the nets for a catch" - and you'll pull up more values than
you could imagine.
One of the ways you launch out into
the deep is to embrace the profound principle that abiding, joyous life
comes only through giving. The people who threw themselves into some
great social issue- forgetting themselves, being willing to suffer hurt
if necessary for their convictions and ideals - become the happiest
people in the world because they are growing bigger. When you give,
you get bigger, you grow, your personality expands. You become a far
greater individual by giving yourself, your time, your money.