The Essence of Giving
"The kind of giving that provides real value does not go on sale at the end of the year. In fact, it's not even for sale."
Humanity One World speaks not only for me or for them but for everybody else, helping each other comes up with good things and ideas that could benefit the human race.
Inspired by Sir Bill Holland, this community has gone so far in sharing many ideas and thoughts and some of it have put into actions.
I believe that every little thing that you do to others matter - it's the little things that really makes a difference!
You don’t have to say that you're just one small person with a little voice so much to be heard by other people. You are one great part of this world. As they say, to the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.
I would like to share a story that I've read a long time ago. I searched the net for the complete one but unfortunately, I cannot find it. So I did my best to remember the details of this inspirational story.
Some of you might have read this and knows it by heart. Just bear with me if my revision is not quite accurate. My only goal is to share the essence of loving a family, may it be your parents, brother or sisters or relatives.
"Believe that what you do matters and will make a difference in people's lives. You don’t have to save the world in one stroke but you can make a difference one person at a time."
A young man was driving his new car on the street. He picked a poor man out straight from a pharmacy, the one who bought medicines, to share a ride with him.
"Hi!" he said. "Want to ride on my new car? Hop in and I'll drive you home."
The young man looked at the man who was holding some bottles of medicines and pity him. He knew that he was only poor and he was so eager to share a story about his expensive gift. On their way, the poor man praises the new car.
"Wow, this is such a beautiful car! I hope I can afford to buy a car like this." he said. The young man, smiled and said, "Oh, this is only a gift from my brother for my birthday."
He then looked at the face of the poor man beside him, with the cheery glow of admiration.
"Wow!" the poor man said again. The young man smiled again and thought that maybe this poor man wished that he could have a brother like his brother. But his thoughts was cut when suddenly the poor man blurted out,
"I wished I could be a brother like that!"
After the right turn, the poor man motioned that they already reached his house. He thanked the young man for his kindness and he asked for another request.
"I have another request though; can you just stay for a minute? I would like my brother to see the kind young man and his beautiful car."
The young man looked flattered and thought that maybe the poor man would brag the ride to his brother and would share that he only got it as a gift. So he said, "Sure."
The poor man ran to his house and after a minute he was with his brother. His brother was sitting on a wheelchair. The poor man then point to his brother the kind young man who gave him a lift and he added,
"Look buddy, his brother gave him his new car. I wished I could give you something beautiful too for your birthday."
When the young man heard it, he was embarrassed by the way he thinks about this man. The love and care for his brother was very deep.
He then stepped out of the car and invited both of them to ride with him in his car and enjoy the day.
CARING FOR OUR FAMILY
How many people think the way this man thinks? He wanted to be the brother who can give and not the brother who receives.
Not only we learn new things by delving into other's story but also we learn to appreciate things we were blind to see at first. We failed to appreciate a lot in our life like blessings. But if we just take the time to let our hearts see the things our eyes refused to see, then we'll know how much blessed we are. And by that, we also share to others what we have learned.
Many people nowadays just wanted to receive something. And when you have no more to give, they shunned you away. I've seen people even if they're family that they always count even the cents they give.
What happened to the world?
Where is the loving heart we have for our family?
Jesus says, "It is more blessed to give than to receive".
Why it is much blessed to give rather to receive things from others?
All I know is one thing: You are more fortunate to have more, you are luckier you have an extra to share and to help others especially those you love the most.
When I was young, I always asked why we give alms to others, why we give money to families who grieves on the death of one of their family member or why we give gifts or foods to other who was in hospitals when we also don’t have enough money for our needs. But my mom always says that we are much luckier because we're in good health or we're fortunate enough to have money for food.
So I guess that the reason why we have to give is very simple. We are given more so we can share to others who have less especially to our family. Our family is the one who will stick with us when times get rough.
Instead of counting what we give, why don’t we start counting our blessings instead?
I am fortunate enough to know and to have a family. But sometimes, my heart hurts to see that out of jealousy and envy, these family bonds we have cared from the start started to break.
I just wished that people would learn to appreciate each other and learn how to give and share without hesitation and not just take and take.
Why don’t we think outside the box and push greed away from us?
Always remember that “God prospers us not to raise our standard of living, but our standard of giving”.
Wishing everybody to have a blessed day.
© 2012 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.
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