Jana saw this on our friend Matt's Facebook feed. Too good not to share. Resonates with why I practice my own faith.
What does he get in return for doing this everyday?
He gets nothing.
He won't be richer.
He won't appear on TV.
Still anonymous and not a bit more famous.
What he does receive are emotions.
He witnesses happiness.
Reaches a deeper understanding.
Feels the love.
Receives what money can't buy.
A world made more beautiful.
And in your life?
What is it that you desire most?
The phrase "he gets emotions" reminds me of the argument made by Francis Spufford in his book Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense, one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's the "emotional sense" that sits behind my religious sensibilities.
I also resonate with the aesthetic frame of "a world made more beautiful."
Finally, I love the connection of how a religiously disciplined life of kenostic self-giving, in this case Buddhism, allows us to "witness happiness."