There is a quote by a British actress that says, as you grow older you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.
Over time, I have spoken this to myself in a different way. That, as you grow older you will discover that the reason you have two hands, is for helping yourself and for helping others.
Well, sounds like an overkill, but of course that’s not the only reason you have two hands; in this context though, you’ll agree it makes sense.
Why is giving or generosity a thing to talk about?
Firstly, as the saying goes, givers never lack.
This is probably the oldest proverb everyone knows, I for one can beat my chest and say that I have been hearing it since I was in my mother’s womb (in Ebira language for that matter).
It may not always be as easy as it sounds, as most of us cherish the things we have, I mean we wouldn’t have them in the first place if we didn’t like them right?
And how can you give out what you have and not lack afterwards? For instance, if I have one pair of shoes and I had to give it out, then I’ll be totally shoeless, and that is a form of lack.
This saying didn’t just appear out of no where though, it can be traced back to the bible, found in Proverbs 28:27 – He that gives unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse (KJV).
What we need to always have in mind regarding the acts of kindness and generosity;
- Although the example above used a pair of shoes, this is not just about money or possessions. It is way deeper than that and most of us already know this;
Being poor is not exclusive to not having money or basic needs. Some of us have met people whom we find to be poor in character, or poor in their approach;
Being generous is not reserved for the wealthy or the more privileged alone;
You don’t have to go out of your way with grand gestures, sometimes a really small act leaves the most unforgettable memories; and
We should not be discouraged by past bad experiences, as I am quite familiar with such occurences.
Being generous includes, although not limited to, giving your time, giving your counsel, your idea, your love and friendship; sharing your knowledge and expertise, your wisdom, and giving yourself to a cause.
And it is an opportunity to do good in two ways, for the other person and for yourself.
When you share knowledge, you get to learn some more and acquire understanding regarding the matter
When you give out items, you will clear the clutter around you; it is indeed a do good feel good situation.
So good deeds doesn’t necessarily have to be money or material items alone. The little things we do such as an act of kindness are a form of giving, because you would have given a part of you to a worthy cause.