Emerson writes, in compensation, that the fruit is sown in the seed.
‘The Dice of God are always loaded.’
Eternal justice is perfect and while time may separate the blessing or the cursing from the act, as surely as night follows day, a just compensation always comes.
If this is true then it’s entirely possible to ‘put God in our debt‘ by endeavoring to plant good seeds everywhere we go.
I believe in this law of compensation and it seems I’ve seen it play out in my business time and time again.
Yesterday I had a chance to share this law with my kids.
I was asked to go Caroling with a group of Kid’s from Kayden (my oldest) son’s school.
At first, neither of us was excited about going, especially because we realized that we had been asked to help with a group that Kayden wasn’t even a part of.
I told Kayden, “This will give us a chance to practice a good attitude.”
I asked him “Did you know that you can never do something good without getting paid back in some way?”
Kayden agreed to participate in the experiment and we embarked on our Caroling journey.
Low and behold, we received bags of goodies, gifts, treats and warm memories from the kind and generous people we visited every step of the way.
There was one family who had set up a soup kitchen along the side of the road to feed strangers as they passed by.
Another store we visited had free gifts for the passers by and Kayden got a super cool toy that he played with all day yesterday.
In one store, we were singing ‘Silent Night’ and this elderly customer pulls out a harmonica and starts playing along with us.
Then he played this…
It really warmed my heart, especially the smiles he gave.
Afterward both Kayden and I were so happy to have went and we talked about how we were paid back richly, perhaps through the law of compensation for our service.
Later on that day I had agreed to some bell ringing for the salvation army.
I asked 2 of my other boys, Camden & Kyson, to come help.
On they ride there we talked about compensation and how good fruits always grow from good seeds.
When we got there, Camden spread a mickey mouse blanket on the ground he’d brought from home, sat down & began playing his harmonica.
While we were there several people commented on the entertainment and even said they wouldn’t have donated had it not been for the music. (another win for the extra mile.) 🙂
At the end of our assignment a lady from inside the store brought us all in and gave us each a cup of hot chocolate that she had prepared especially for us.
And to top it all off, another lady from the store brought us each a jumbo candy cane to enjoy with our hot chocolate.
Buddhists call it Karma.
Christians call it the law of the harvest.
Philosophers call it compensation.
Call it what you will, it’s hard to deny that wisdom seems to scatter her clues for us to find,
…adults and children alike.