“Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.”
― Marcus Aurelius, The Emperor’s Handbook
One of the exceptional emotional sensitivity in the world is giving. The positive energy is contagious. Subsequently, just one act of kindness can inspire others to go out and lay the groundwork for spreading happiness through giving.
The greatest gift of all is the ability to share our blessings; the ramifications of the act is what makes life so meaningful. However, in today’s world, some people tend to be very selfish and don’t want to show kindness toward someone that may be down. It’s sad because it is not always about the giving of money and material things.
The end result of giving is the fulfillment and a life of prosperity. There is a wise old tale that says, “The more you give, the more you will receive.” Over the years, I had made a habit of giving to others–even when it meant I would have less for myself or less time to do the things I needed to do.
Guess what? I did it anyway.
Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy; while giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful; and having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.
Just think what the world would be like if there were more givers–than takers in the world; giving their all to aid in the creation of a better society.
People need to stand up and start adding value to other people’s lives by being of service and living selflessly. You get what you give. The good you put out into the world will return to you in overabundance.
“What does one person give to another? He gives of himself, of the most precious he has, he gives of his life. This does not necessarily mean that he sacrifices his life for the other—but that he gives him of that which is alive in him; he gives him of his joy, of his interest, of his understanding, of his knowledge, of his humor, of his sadness—of all expressions and manifestations of that which is alive in him.
In thus giving of his life, he enriches the other person, he enhances the other’s sense of aliveness by enhancing his own sense of aliveness. He does not give in order to receive; giving is in itself exquisite joy. But in giving he cannot help bringing something to life in the other person, and this which is brought to life reflects back to him.”
― Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving