The best way to improve our own world is to help others to improve
their own lives. As we improve our lives and help others on the way,
the world naturally evolves. We will then be encouraged to inspire
everyone to give more and get more from life. As a result, we lift
up our spirit, have big dreams and place no limits on
ourselves nor others.
As Christians, we think of the Christ who came not to be served but to serve in joy, in peace, and in generosity. These
are not mere words, but acts, which went all the way, right up to His
last breath. Even His death is a gift, and resurrection, rebirth and
renewal are born from this kind of death.
When we give away, not just things we don't care about, but things
we do like, it is not the size of the gift but the quality and the
amount of mental attachment we overcome that count. We don't need to
ruin ourselves on a momentary positive impulse, only to regret it
later. Let's give thought to giving; give small things, carefully, and observe
the mental processes going along with the act of releasing the little
thing we like.
In my life, there had always been people who guided my path towards
many adventures, challenges and painful struggles. I was not aware of the many
opportunities then. I
didn't have any concrete plan. It's good fortune and generosity from other people
that had paved the way for me to improve myself and to have the many
blessings that I have today.
My heart is full of gratitude. My only regret is that, I did not have the opportunity
to return the favor
nor thank some of them while they were still around.
I believe that we have a
moral obligation to give back some of the blessings that God has
given us. Aside from material things, we can generously
share our time, knowledge and wisdom for the common good. There are
many way and means that we can do them nowadays. We should,
however, watch out closely that we are not, instead, nurturing our ego
in doing so. Posting and sharing positive materials in social media create positive
difference inside us and others directly or indirectly but
over-doing them can sometimes be
Generosity and kindness doesn't mean that we give
only when we have lot or after fulfilling all our needs, but in
fact, we can still give when we ourselves are struggling. Generosity literally
means willingness and liberty in giving away one's own money, time,
talent,.... etc. sincerely without any personal gain as shown in the
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you
give of yourself that you truly give.-―
Mahatma Gandhi went from city to city, village to village collecting
funds for the Charkha Sangh. During one of his tours, he addressed a
meeting in Orissa. After his speech a poor old lady got up. She was
bent with age, her hair was grey and her clothes were in tatters.
The volunteers tried to stop her, but she fought her way to the
place Mahatma Gandhi was sitting.
"I must see him," she insisted and going up to Mahatma Gandhi's
feet. Then from the folds of her sari she brought out a copper coin
and placed it at his feet. Mahatma Gandhi picked up the copper coin
and put it away carefully. The Charkha Sangh funds were under the
charge of Jamnalal Bajaj. He asked Mahatma Gandhi for the coin
but Mahatma Gandhi refused.
keep cheques worth thousands of rupees for the Charkha Sangh,"
Jamnalal Bajaj said laughingly "yet you won't trust me with a copper
coin." "This copper coin is worth much more than those thousands,"
Mahatma Gandhi said. "If a man has several lakhs and he gives
away a thousand or two, it doesn't mean much. But this coin was
perhaps all that the poor old lady possessed. She gave me all she
had. That was very generous of her. What a great sacrifice she
made. That is why I value this copper coin more than a crore (a
unit of numbering system in India) of
We get more
pleasure out of giving joy to others. We should put a
good deal of thought into the happiness that we are able to give. We must make
space in our lives for the things that matter, for family and friends,
love and generosity, fun and joy. Otherwise, we will burn out in
despair and wonder where our life went.
By Tim Pedrosa
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