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Reflection by Edgar Cahn

Life is more than a spectator sport.  And we are more than consumers.  There is something special about a TimeBank exchange.  We are not simply consumers.  We are actively providing a way of enabling and empowering another person to know that they matter, to know that they can make a difference in the life of another.

There is a universal need to feel that one’s life has meaning.  Simple consumption does not do that.  But receiving help from another in a TimeBank exchange represents the creation of meaning, of purpose, jointly shared.  One is giving new life to a movement.  When a transaction becomes a relationship and the relationship becomes a web of connectivity and the web of connectivity renews an entire ecosystem for our species, a simple act is more than a simple act.  It supplies the molecular structure of purpose – and ultimately, that is what spirituality means.