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Don’t Fall In Love – Rise In Love

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Rising In Love

Rising In Love

I found this post today on Facebook. No link to the original post on another website so I’m just copying it here.

Don’t Fall In Love – Rise In Love

In fact a mature person does not fall in love, he rises in love. The word ’fall’ is not right. Only immature people fall; they stumble and fall down in love. Somehow they were managing and standing. They cannot manage and they cannot stand – they find a woman and they are gone, they find a man and they are gone. They were always ready to fall on the ground and to creep. They don’t have the backbone, the spine; they don’t have that integrity to stand alone.

A mature person has the integrity to be alone.

And when a mature person gives love, he gives without any strings attached to it: he simply gives.

And when a mature person gives love, he feels grateful that you have accepted his love, not vice versa. He does not expect you to be thankful for it – no, not at all, he does not even need your thanks. He thanks you for accepting his love.

Together Alone

And when two mature persons are in love, one of the greatest paradoxes of life happens, one of the most beautiful phenomena: they are together and yet tremendously alone; they are together so much so that they are almost one.

But their oneness does not destroy their individuality, in fact, it enhances it: they become more individual.

Two mature persons in love help each other to become more free.

There is no politics involved, no diplomacy, no effort to dominate. How can you dominate the person you love? Just think over it. Domination is a sort of hatred, anger, enmity. How can you think of dominating a person you love?

You would love to see the person totally free, independent; you will give him more individuality. That’s why I call it the greatest paradox: they are together so much so that they are almost one, but still in that oneness they are individuals. Their individualities are not effaced – they have become more enhanced.

The other has enriched them as far as their freedom is concerned.

Immature people falling in love destroy each other’s freedom, create a bondage, make a prison.

Mature persons in love help each other to be free; they help each other to destroy all sorts of bondages.

And when love flows with freedom there is beauty.

When love flows with dependence there is ugliness.

Osho

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Share the Gift of Life This Summer

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While you’re out enjoying the summer sun and having some fun, don’t forget to share the gift of life with people in need.

The Red Cross is in a critical blood shortage and donors are needed. Your blood or platelet donation this July during Disaster Education Awareness Month can help build a blood supply strong enough to meet ongoing and emergency needs. Remember you can donate whole blood every 56 days.

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I’ve been donating since I was a teenager. Donations take about 30 minutes. I especially like giving at the center on Market Street for the comfy donation loungers and the air conditioning!

You can book an appointment online at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org

Some statistics from the Red Cross:

Help save the day!

  • One out of 10 people admitted to the hospital needs blood products.
  • When disaster strikes, blood needs can be immense – and immediate.
  • The Red Cross has the unique ability to move blood around the country through it’s National Inventory Management System.
  • All blood types are needed, but people with type O have a special gift to give.

O how we need you.

  • Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type.
  • Type O positive can be transfused to patients with any positive blood type—or about 8 out of 10 people
  • Hospitals use type O negative blood in most emergencies when a patient’s blood type is unknown.
  • About 40 percent of people have type O positive and 7 percent have type O negative.

More information on their flyer here: http://bit.ly/oSG9OR

So if please consider taking a short amount of time out of your summer day to help save a life!

Thank you!