A Haiku - Charity

Charity, a pure love undefiled.


If you say "I'm good,"

And you do no good, are you?

Too much love of self?


What can you do now;

That you haven't done before?

Who needs your help now?

Give us eyes to see, ears to hear, a tongue to speak, and a heart that is godlike. Charity can be cultivated.

Charity 101 is a course we might take in a seminary or religious institute.

Better still we might cultivate and cherish it for what it does for ourselves and for others. It is the original "2 for 1 Deal."

We can be charitable in many ways, not limited to the giving of our substance.

We can give our love.

We can be forgiving.

We can avoid judging.

We can be compassionate.

We can be nurturing, not only of needy bodies, but also of needy souls.

We can give our time.

We can give our thoughtfulness.

We can ease the stresses of misfortune and distress.

We can give our sincere friendship.

We can give, and give, and give....without counting what it could seem to cost to ourselves, for love and charity are a self-replenishing richness of spirit, for the more we give charity, the more we find we have available to give.


While charity should begin at home, it shouldn't stop there.

Charity can be so much more than the giving of a donation from our plenty.
Charity can be so much more than the giving of a donation from our plenty. | Source

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Giving and helping others does as much for the giver as for the recipient and as you point out, even if one doesn't have material things to give, there is still compassion and mercy and forgiveness. There need be no qualifications for those gifts other than need, and they enrich the giver as much if not more than the receiver. Who doesn't need a little mercy and forgiveness sometimes?

Excellent food for thought here. Sharing with my followers because this is a subject dear to my heart. Also pinned to Awesome HubPages.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thank you for sharing and for your thoughtful comment. There is so much "good" available in the world. It goes unheralded, while so much "bad" is considered to be "newsworthy." Perhaps that is partly due to the "do-gooders" not seeking praise for their acts of selfless giving (charity.)


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tsmog 2 years ago from Escondido, CA

Interesting article and I understand the position it takes. This article offers much to ponder regarding the virtues, values, and worth of charity.

tim


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Reaching out to others and offering a helping hand is so very important.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This hub is a great reminder about charity's importance and is useful at the same time.


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Perspycacious 15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Tim, Gypsy, and Alicia - hands across the aisle doesn't take a lot of charity, but Congress could use such a move, if they were at all charitable.


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Perspycacious 15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Tim, Gypsy, and Alicia - hands across the aisle doesn't take a lot of charity, but Congress could use such a move, if they were at all charitable.

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