In a world where the motto 'everyone for himself' is held true by almost every individual, it might be difficult to see why giving to others might help. In a country where it is each man for himself, always striving to be one up above the other, it is beyond our imagination sometimes to even think of giving something to the other. But there are miracles in giving. There is untold joy when you give. If you need more convincing as to why it is good for us to give, read on.
You help heal the world: One little act of giving can go a great deal. In a world where there is so much brokenness, where no one has time for the other, if you do the daring and give to someone in need, you help heal the world of its brokenness. If not immediately, you play your part. Just imagine, if each of us, play our part out in giving, helping and loving our fellow human beings, we really can help heal the world.
If you don't, then who will? It is always easier for us to look at someone and expect them to do the part of giving and fixing up the mess this world is in. But I would like to challenge you today to ask yourself the question 'what if everyone thinks the same way?' If we are all waiting for the other person to roll up their sleeves and start showing a little love, in the end there won't be anyone really doing anything. So ask yourself, if I don't give to this world, whatever I can, who will? You become the greater person when you step out of your comfort zone and give.
You feel great! Mind, body and soul! When you give, willingly and with no expectation of return, you are instantly happier. There is a feel good factor that is involved. You have the 'happy chemicals' that are released into your body making your mind feel instantly lighter and happier, thus affecting your body in a positive way. This 'great feeling' can go a long way in improving your relationships with people, you become more productive in your work, your thinking juices begin to flow! Do I need to give you more reasons? Read on!
You get perspective It is only when we step out of our comfort to look for people in need, understand their desperate conditions and giving without expecting something in return, do we get a fresh perspective on life. You begin to realize how blessed you are; you see how tough other people have it and you are suddenly thankful for the life you are living.
Needless to say, I can go on and on about the benefits of giving, willingly and happily. The bottom line is this, when did we ever need a reason to do something good?
The Ways of Giving
The Ways of Giving
Giving to others, giving willingly with no returns in mind is a beautiful thing. You give to make someone happy, to ease someone else's pain. In giving you find healing for your own pain and regrets. So what are the different ways in which one can give? Giving to someone financially is just one way of helping. There are ways that can touch someone's heart and create an impact that can last for a lifetime.
Giving the human connection: Our world is a lonely world. There might be billions and billions of people in it, but more than half of the population are lonely. Giving money is great but without a personal connection it can feel empty. When you give money to someone but also take the time and effort to spend some time getting to know them, show them that you genuinely care about them, it makes a huge difference in the world of the other person. He/she might be someone starving for love and care, and you just might be the one giving it to them.
Be the light to someone's darkness: Now this doesn't mean you have to carry the burden of the whole world on your shoulder, but rather, you help someone find the light in the darkness of their life. You can help by mentoring someone. Build a personal connection with someone younger than you that is seeking for guidance and some counsel.
A listening ear: Sometimes, all someone wants is an ear that listens and does not judge. All you have to do is listen with a caring ear; Show to them that there is someone out there that cares for them. Let them know that they are heard; that they have someone to talk to. You will be making a world of difference in their lives when you give a ear that is compassionate, kind and willing to listen.
Forgiveness: This is the hardest thing to give and the easiest to expect. Forgiveness. The amount of power in the statement, "I have forgiven you" can never be fully described. For someone who has hurt you, there is healing for not only them in this, but also for you. When you give out forgiveness, you may just help heal someone of their guilt and shame. While it might still hurt you, in forgiveness comes great healing and great peace. Give out forgiveness, find peace. You might just help fix a broken soul.
Time: 24 hours, 365 days. We have so much of it, and yet we feel like we are running out of it. All the time. In a world and age where we feel like stop even for moment we may lose out on the race, it is very easy for us to NOT give even a second to those in need. Giving time to a friend in need, your neighbour, an old woman crossing the street; taking those few extra seconds in helping cross over safely etc are all different ways that we can give our time. Give your time to someone else for a change and see the difference it makes in your life and theirs.
The Attitude of giving
The Attitude of giving
Give with a pure heart. The true joy of giving is only felt when we give with a pure heart. What's a pure heart, you may ask. When we give, there should be something within us that prompts us to give. It shouldn't be the expectation of a favour in return or that a recognition for the good deed that you have done. Rather it should come from that inner quality of wanting to help, to reach out to those in needs, just because they are.
Remember, there isn't a gift that is too small. Never underestimate the power of anything that you give with a pure heart. Even if it is a hug, a smile or something like money or time; it can have an impact that could last for a life time. Something that you may think as insignificant or tiny might just give hope to someone who had felt lost and was drowning in hopelessness.
Give with an attitude of love. The best way to give anything at all is to give it with love. If you are disciplining a child, the root reason for that would be love. You do not want your child to grow up in the wrong way; and hence you discipline them. In the same way, when you give something, give it out love. Maybe you have to do the painful task of forgiving someone, but if you put your mind to doing it out of love even though it might be hard, it gets easier. You not only forgive, you give someone a second shot at living a guilt-free life.
Give enthusiastically. Giving can only be truly meant if you give it happily; enthusiastically. If you are giving out of force, then you'd rather not give at all. A true connection can be made only when you give joyfully, cheerfully and enthusiastically.