The art of giving

Have you ever been frustrated by life so much that you wondered who can help? Sheillah and Ayiela know exactly what you feel. They chose to complain, blame, recall all the past, behaved like a victim and they almost gave up in life. They finally came to realize that hating themselves worsened the situation.

After a charity meeting, the duo shared with me what was eating up their minds and apparently affecting their bodies. I had a reflection of my past captivity state of mind that confined me and almost drove me to alcoholism, high blood pressure, ulcers and other nuisance body defects.

You might be going through the same but trust me you are not alone. These two burst in a loud laughter when I mentioned to them that my mind is 1 gigabyte (GB) and as such I immediately delete the dark portion of the history to great a super space for brighter prospective events.

“If the public could broadcast their problems, I would give a thumb up to ourselves, feel more secure, love ourselves even more and in fact embrace our situations as a lesson to help others.” I added

What we may have done years back and our fear for the future may attach us to worry thus affecting our present. Resigning from work, break up in relationships, having a baby when one seems as if it is not the right time, getting married again with the notion that it was not the right time, changing career and others reasons contribute to hiccups that keep our mind at great risk. However, this fear is good if it is well managed and could help us nurture the future generation.

At some point in time we always create positive mental attitude to aid people in our immediate sphere and the world at large forgetting to empty our own minds from all negativity. We completely forget about ourselves. We should never be selfish to ourselves. It is as simple as standing in front of the mirror and smiling broadly to ourselves as a signal for self-appreciation and happiness. One smile completely adds beauty to this great world.

Sheillah, Ayiela and I decided to pay attention to the topic ‘The art of giving’ to share our thoughts on the charitable work done in one of the local church. Sometime, we should keep ourselves working voluntarily to train our minds to see what is more positive in front of us. We realized that being happy and successful does not mean possessing the world but rather how thankful we are with what we already have and how many peoples’ lives we could influence.

Quite often we wonder…

  • What it is that we can give?
  • How can we give?
  • When can we give?
  • Whom can we give?
  • How frequently can
    we give? and
  • Why should we give?

The answer to all these is very simple and if given much thought one would realize that all these require less energy and effort than what most us assume. It may seem to be a very complex issue. Some of us wonder if there are benefits of giving, the answer is yes. Sheillah made the following notes about the art of giving.

All Sum Children Educational Centre in Kawangware Slum of Nairobi Kenya.

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” _ Bill Gates.

  1. What we can give?

There are many things that we can give including tangibles, intangibles or both. Tangibles may include food stuff, clothing, shoes, beddings, shelder, money and many more. We can also give intangible services and time including mentorship, studies, guiding and counseling and so on and so forth.  When we start giving we realize that many other things in our possession could be given.

There are many things that we can give including tangible and intangible things or both. Tangibles include food stuff, clothing, shoes, bedding, shelter, money and many more. We can also give intangible services and time including mentorship, teaching, guiding and counseling etc. When we start giving we realize that many other things in our possession could be given.

There is always someone somewhere lacking all or some of the things that we may have in excess. When we give such things we realize that we are decongesting our house and getting it less stuffy. Some people never want to give because they feel attached to some things- perhaps it is okay, but for how long will we live with the fact of attachment? It is in giving that one gets better things. It is good practice to forego the attachment notion. When we sacrifice time for others we share the gift of time too. Offering prayers for others takes ones’ willingness to spare some time to just intercede for others which is a very kind gesture as far as giving is concerned. We can lend our ears to receiving the right stuff. We can as well open our eyes to see the beauty of this world. Suppose we give a portion of our time to plant seeds and allowed them to germinate. The seed will grow and maybe produce beautiful flowers for beauty, nectar for bees and birds. That’s not enough! We can have a hummingbird feeder in the garden and we enjoy seeing little birds come and drink from its sugary nectar. Nature also is dependent on us to give it something not things that could pollute it but things to make it beautiful. We ought to preserve the nature so that we could give the future generation a nature that is almost pure.

There is always someone somewhere lacking all or some of the things that we may have in excess. When we give such things we realize that we are decongesting our house and getting it less stuffy. Some people never want to give because they feel attached to some things- Perhaps it is okay, but for how long will we live with the fact of attachment? It is in giving that one gets better things. It is good in practice to forego the attachment notion. When we sacrifice time for others we share the gift of time too. Offering prayers for others takes ones’ willingness to spare some time to just intercede for others which is a very kind gesture as far as giving is concerned. Clear enough. We can give ears to receive right stuff. We can as well open our eyes to see the beauty of this world. Suppose we give a portion of our time to plant seeds and allow them to germinate. The seed would produce flowers for beauty, nectar for bees and birds. That’s not enough! We can have a hummingbird feeder in the garden and we enjoy seeing little birds come and drink fro

There are many things that we can give including tangible and intangible things or both. Tangibles include food stuff, clothing, shoes, bedding, shelter, money and many more. We can also give intangible services and time including mentorship, teaching, guiding and counseling etc. When we start giving we realize that many other things in our possession could be given.

There is always someone somewhere lacking all or some of the things that we may have in excess. When we give such things we realize that we are decongesting our house and getting it less stuffy. Some people never want to give because they feel attached to some things- perhaps it is okay, but for how long will we live with the fact of attachment? It is in giving that one gets better things. It is good practice to forego the attachment notion. When we sacrifice time for others we share the gift of time too. Offering prayers for others takes ones’ willingness to spare some time to just intercede for others which is a very kind gesture as far as giving is concerned. We can lend our ears to receiving the right stuff. We can as well open our eyes to see the beauty of this world. Suppose we give a portion of our time to plant seeds and allowed them to germinate. The seed will grow and maybe produce beautiful flowers for beauty, nectar for bees and birds. That’s not enough! We can have a hummingbird feeder in the garden and we enjoy seeing little birds come and drink from its sugary nectar. Nature also is dependent on us to give it something not things that could pollute it but things to make it beautiful. We ought to preserve the nature so that we could give the future generation a nature that is almost pure.

2. How we can give?

One would ask how we would give. There are many channels to give as long as one the giving will. There are so many charitable organizations that welcome people to be their members; it could be a volunteer group, a group in a religious setup, a group in places of work or individuals.  However if we do not know these groups we can try to find individuals in need within the vicinity of where we stay and constantly be donating what we have to them. There are always people in need around us daily but always. Shaking hands and offering a smile means a lot to any needy person.

3. When should we give?

It is not that we have things to give at every time. We give voluntarily whenever we feel that we something to give out. It is perfectly okay as long as the zeal to give is burning inside us. Besides if one sees that he could afford the potential of giving frequently that is okay too for we are blessed in different capacities. We all believe that the supreme being has given us the world freely and perhaps loves cheerful givers. Whether frequently or once in a while as long as it is from deep down from our hearts, it will always go a long way and will have a great impact even on the ultimate recipient.

4. Whom can we give?

All Sum Children Centre In Kawangware Slum.

“Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.” – Haim Ginott.

As stated earlier there are several people who are in need. These include the street children, families that are underpriviledged, children in children homes, the elderly, the sick both in homes and hospitals, the prisoners, the elderly, the orphans, the poor, widows and widowers, the list is just endless.

5. The frequency of giving

We should give as much as we can for it is in giving that we receive and if possible we never should get tired of giving. Each day we should always bear in mind that there is a needy person somewhere either within us or somewhere far. We should cultivate the virtues of giving daily for it brings much fulfillment than one could ever imagine. In so doing we will welcome abundant blessings from our good Lord. We spiritually believe to have the same image as that of our Supreme Being. Therefore, by extending our hand to others, we are extending we are doing it to the Supreme Being. Most intelligent people keep on reading books to feed their minds with new information, updates, skills and inspirations

So what are the benefits of giving?

  • Blessings from God and the blessings come in abundance
  • Giving can lead to improvement of ones’ self esteem
  • It is motivational
  • Saving the world
  • Giving empties the givers mind and stockroom
  • It creates space for new prospects
  • It is a way of recognizing the existence of others.

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