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"With dialysis three times a week, Elaine believed she had nothing to give, but I knew otherwise. In talking with her I discovered that Elaine painted — not landscapes or portraits but beautiful pysanky eggs. And while Elaine brought out her beautiful hand painted eggs to show me, she also showered me with goodies to munch on. It turned out she was a fabulous baker as well! Elaine was essential in her community — she was able to complete all the baking for another member's wedding all on time credits. It just took the realization that she had the capacity to give to make it possible. She also held baking classes in her kitchen teaching members how to make kiffels. Unfortunately, Elaine has since passed away — but she did not pass away alone. She was surrounded by TimeBank members, who — through the process of TimeBanking — had become her friends and her family. And she continued the cycle of giving by leaving behind a painted egg for each person who had come into her life and meant something to her." - Kathy Perlow, Community Exchange, Pennsylvania . #timebankingis #community #50storiesin50days #timebanks #story #timeasmoney #life http://ow.ly/lNZF309xgcw
Reflection by Edgar Cahn
Pysanky eggs and kittles. Such a vision. All of economics – investment and consumption – captured in a single image. TimeBanking does two things: it creates moments and generates memories that live on.
When we reach out to another, we inject meaning in that moment. Each act is itself a work of art, a gift, transient and yet eternal.
The egg, just by itself, is such a perfect symbol of possibility – birth and life. Ironically, it has to be broken for life to come forward.
Painted as Elaine did – it represents a promise and a vision – to be treasured. Coupled with goodies to munch, Elaine created moments
The oval transcends both the circle and the square. It is a static image of possibility. For Elaine, it meant that despite dialysis, she could give life and joy and meaning to others.
That TimeBank members were there for her at the end and that each one received a pysanky egg captures all that we are trying to do with
our own lives:
and by doing so,
use a moment in time to transcend Time.