Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EST November 23rd 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session!

Our text for this session was “When Giving Is All We Have” by Alberto Ríos, posted below.

Our prompt was: “You gave me…”

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Please join us for our next session Monday, November 30th at 6pm EST, with more times listed on our Live Virtual Group Sessions page.

 When Giving Is All We Have  by Alberto Ríos (1952)
                                     One river gives
                                     Its journey to the next.

 We give because someone gave to us.
 We give because nobody gave to us.
 We give because giving has changed us.
 We give because giving could have changed us.
 We have been better for it,
 We have been wounded by it—
 Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,
 Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails.
 Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,
 But we read this book, anyway, over and again:
 Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand,
 Mine to yours, yours to mine.
 You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.
 Together we are simple green. You gave me
 What you did not have, and I gave you
 What I had to give—together, we made
 Something greater from the difference. 

7 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EST November 23rd 2020

  1. Julia

    You gave me…

    You gave me love
    but also fear
    You gave me smiles
    but also tears
    You gave me comprehension
    but also fear
    You gave me hugs
    but also tears

    I gave you love… but also tears

    What can I give you now?

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  2. Julia

    I would like to share (or give) one recipe I really like and co-created by adapting ingredients

    my favorite cookies

    1½ cups of chopped nuts
    1½ teaspoons baking powder
    1teaspoon of salt
    3/4 cup peanut butter
    3/4 cup maple syrup
    1/3 cup olive oil
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 teaspoon ginger powder
    1/3 cup Cacao powder and vegan chocolate chips optional =)
    1 teaspoon orange zest optional =)
    1 teaspoon pepper powder optional

    mix all ingredients and bake for 12 minutes on preheated oven 180ºCelcius (356ºF)


  3. You gave me~~~

    You gave me courage to face the crooked path that lies before me.

    You gave me inspiration to live a life well spent.

    You gave me a deeper faith,
    to believe in the impossible,
    for it becomes possible.

    You gave me serenity, to be accepting of what is given me
    and the value contained within it.

    You gave me the vision to see beyond myself,
    to the vast world waiting to be explored.

    You gave me this moment in my life,
    a moment that would never had happened without your presence.

    What do I have to give to you…
    my thanks and gratitude for the sharing of your wisdom.
    You changed my life.


  4. Patricia D.

    You gave me

    You gave me hope when there was none.
    You did not ask if I needed or even wanted it.
    I had stopped waiting, expecting, imagining…
    Dreams were for someone else, ephemeral like a mist.
    I could not hold them, dreams, that is.
    So you sent it, hope that is, floating slowing down a stream of consciousness
    and I accepted your gift with gratitude.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. JD

    You gave me stress; you taught me how to worry, worry all the time
    You gave me a reason to learn to escape, to fall in love with running, traveling
    You gave me fear of doing things like cooking, raking leaves; I fail at every time, so why waste my time.; except then I fail at what I should be doing
    You gave me fear of sharing, fear of giving from the heart, fear of coming, fear of going
    You gave me the reason to need to search for my true self, the reason to work hard, the reason to value what I have
    You gave me the strength to be different
    But, you didn’t give me – me.

    Liked by 1 person

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