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The Gift of Giving

By Charbel Tadros
Posted March 2008

         “There’s not enough” and “He/she doesn’t deserve it” are probably the sentences we most hear nowadays. People are always complaining of not having enough, or if they have enough, they won’t give the rest to just anyone. According to Gibran Khalil Gibran in his inspiring book “The Prophet”, “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

         We usually think that we have nothing to give. We don’t have enough money, food, fun, joy, love, etc… What we don’t realize is that we can give of ourselves. We can give what we are to others for free. Let’s say that you’re a doctor, can’t you do some medical work for free for some needy patients once in a while? Or let’s say that you are a painter, wouldn’t it be better for your paintings to be hung on the walls of a miserable family’s house to cheer them up and brighten their day than to stay and rot in your attic?

         So you see, whatever you are in life, you can use to give. Would it be better for you to stay home all day complaining of no work? In addition to that, you get bored so you start consuming more food which leads to more expenses and more debts. During that time which you uselessly spend complaining, you could go out in the world and help people. You don’t need to give any material possessions; sometimes a soft word is enough to lift a sad person’s soul to the heavens.

         Concerning the deserving or the undeserving, Gibran says: “And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream.” Who are we to say who deserves and who doesn’t? Most religions agree that within every human is the essence of the divine. Some people, the ones we call “undeserving”, are probably hiding this divinity within. It is our job to seek it and reawaken their divine nature. The only way to truly uncover this divinity is through giving. When you give, you give of your own divinity, which touches and moves the divinity in others.

         In the end, I would like to mention one kind of givers, the givers of their own body. Those people are truly divine because they give of their own body and blood in order to help others in dire need. These people help others which they don’t know. They don’t care about the deserving or the undeserving; they only give freely, happily, and lovingly caring only about saving the lives of unknown others.

         “For in truth it is life that gives unto life - while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness.”

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