We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
– Winston Churchill
From my primary blog here.
I’ve written recently on the subject of giving. Of course, I don’t want to be redundant in my posting, but I feel there is still so much which can be said. It’s been my experience in life that the greatest satisfaction we can experience comes from what we give more often than from what we receive. Perhaps it seems counter-intuitive on a website which has featured advice on how to succeed and get ahead, but I believe a spirit of generosity is essential for a healthy life and sense of fulfillment.
Give That Others Might Live
Giving, of course, would be the action as a result of a personality trait or impulse which inspired it. If we accept that, then generosity is the point of origin. A person with a generous heart is often compelled to give more of themselves to others. Incidentally, this doesn’t have to involve finances directly. Though money is a means, many make their contributions with their time. What’s fantastic about this is that it proves there is an option available to everyone – regardless of income.
I’m not insisting you take up volunteering at a soup kitchen or animal shelter if these aren’t within your strengths. They’re excellent causes for those that can, but it’s important to know your talents. I believe it’s to our benefit that each of us is different and we develop with unique passions and attributes. Likewise, your giving doesn’t even have to be to a charitable organization or non-profit if that’s outside of your comfort zone. Perhaps there’s room within your profession for you to act as a mentor? Teaching is one of the most significant contributions you can make to another’s future success.
Generosity in a World of Me and Mine
In life, nobody goes it alone. We all come to the advantages and opportunities we have as a result of someone else that can afford us the benefit. Perhaps it was the first person that trusted you to provide your services to their company and then spread the good word? Or maybe it was a high school teacher that took an interest in your potential and helped improve your education and inspire your passion? Just as significant, maybe it was your parents or family that supported and encouraged you to aim for your full potential?
No matter how far we are privileged to travel in life, we each owe our success and accomplishments to others. Remember that, today, you have the chance to impact someone else in that same way. If you can afford to give of your income and wealth, then I strongly encourage you to do so. Many of us are busier than seemingly any other point in history, but money can do the heavy lifting where time is in short supply. If things are tight—as often they are—then give of your time when you can. Every little bit helps, and you’ll be surprised the connections you can make and the satisfaction you will receive.
Thank you for your time.