This past year I have been blessed.
Coming from unexpected places, I have found
in the words and actions of others
~ mostly from people I don't know at all, or people whom I have met through my blog and facebook,
and from people whom I've known from other lives here and there. ~
I've been blessed
all because of their mercy.
But what if we were to give mercy to someone we didn't know?
What if we gave mercy without any expectations for it being returned to us?
The theory of "pay it forward" comes with a hope that one day when you need it most,
it will return to you.
But what if we thought of it instead as simply giving love and mercy for the world?
When we help another person up,
when we reach out a hand of help,
and give them the tools to stand on their own two feet,
to contribute back to their society
isn't that the truest definition of mercy?