The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” Albert Einstein
Life has taught me a great lesson: the beauty in giving. The greatest souls that have grazed this planet are those who gave themselves up for others fully and unconditionally. Let it be Mother Teresa, Father Damien, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. or Abraham Lincoln……they surpassed all living souls with their selfless service to the needy. There are thousand on this planet today who give their money, time and or hard work to make their fellow men’s life less painful or more comfortable.
Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give”
Our lives will be very much less fruitful if we are not giving what we have to others. It can be motivation, knowledge riches, time, comforting words; it can be anything that alleviates others’ pain or something that make others’ life richer and more meaningful. This life is a gift to us and we should remember we have a responsibility to give back something. It is, perhaps, this realization that motivates the rich to give significant portions of their wealth to the poor and many common people to help the poor, the needy whatever way they can.
I am not good in this great virtue and this could be the reason why I extol the virtues of giving often enough and with enough conviction so that it will encourage me and others to take the practice of generosity more seriously. I have noted that all great leaders and thinkers of history have opted for selfless lives. I also remember very often the ancient Chinese saying, 'a little fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.’Those who have the attitude, ‘May I serve you,’ enjoy life far better than those who are constantly after material possessions, power or professional advancement. Hence learning to give is a great success secret