“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?”

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Art of Giving

"Rivers do not drink their own water, nor do tree eat their own fruit, nor do rain clouds eat the grains reared by them. The wealth of the noble is used solely for the benefit of others!

Even after accepting that giving is good and that one must learn to give, several questions need to be answered.

Question 1: 'When should one give?'

One does not know really whether one will be there tomorrow to give! The time to give therefore is NOW.

Question 2: 'How much to give?'

The answer to this question how much to give is "Give as much as you can!

Question 3: 'What to give?'

It is not only money that can be given. It could be a flower or even a smile. It is not how much one gives but how one gives that really matters.

When you give a smile to a stranger that may be the only good thing received by him in days and weeks! "You can give anything but you must give with your heart!

Question 4: 'Whom to give?'

Many times we avoid giving by finding fault with the person who is seeking.

However, being judgmental and rejecting a person on the presumption that he may not be the most deserving is not justified.

"Give without being judgmental!"

Question 5: 'How to give?’

Coming to the manner of giving, one has to ensure that the receiver does not feel humiliated, nor the giver feels proud by giving. 'Let not your left hand know what your right hand gives?
Charity without publicity and fanfare is the highest form of charity.

'Give quietly!

While giving let not the recipient feel small or humiliated. After all what we give never really belonged to us. We come to this world with nothing and will go with nothing. The thing gifted was only with us for a temporary period.

Why then take pride in giving away something which really did not belong to us? Give with grace and with a feeling of gratitude.

Question 6: 'What should one feel after giving?'

The message to us is clear. Give and never regret giving!

Question 7: 'How much should we provide for our heirs?'

The answer is given by Warren Buffett: "Leave your kids enough to do anything, but not enough to do nothing!" I would conclude by saying: let us learn the Art of Giving by a saying …

"When the wealth in the house increases, when water fills a boat, throw them out with both hands!” This is the wise thing to do because you give more you get more!

Question 8: 'Where to learn more about this principle?'

Attend ‘Anda Dilahirkan Berjaya’!

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