THE ESSENCE OF GIVING

Giving is a part of everyone’s daily life.  Some giving goes on unconsciously as we interact with each other and our environment.  On the other hand, knowing when, where and how to give consciously so as to have a positive impact is an art we can work on our entire lives.

Giving as a way of life is also sometimes called a life of service.  This is a noble way to live that pays many with subtle rewards.

Radiating love is a special type of giving that does not spoil people or cause them to become dependent.  In fact, it can help them to wake up to their true power.  First Corinthians in the New Testament of the Bible states “If I give all I have to the poor yet have not love, I gain nothing”. – 1 Corinthians 13:1-8.

Buddhists speak of compassion, a sensation or warmth that some people radiate to all whom they meet, no matter what is the situation.  One may radiate love when one is the garbage collector, a letter carrier or just a passerby.  Even one who lays dying in a hospital bed can radiate love.  Your position does not matter, nor does your technical skill or expertise.   What does matter is a desire to radiate the love that you are to all whom you meet, all of the time, even if the other people do not realize what you are doing, do not care, and may even be antagonistic or hostile toward you. In the end, radiating a loving quality is often more important than giving things, money, or even your time.  For if you do it, your giving will be felt as genuine, while if you do not, your giving will miss an essential element of human kindness and will not be felt to be as real, no matter how hard you try.

 Giving or service to others should be an integral part of daily life, a way of living and being that occurs unconsciously with every breath.  It should not be isolated and separated in a government agency or just giving at church on Sunday.  Giving with love, for the right reasons and at the appropriate times, however, is not often easy to learn. Many times when we believe we are giving sincerely we give with the expectation of reward or return, or with another motive that is less than ideal.  However, let us continue to work with our motives such as gaining favor with others, allaying our fears or pacifying our friends and families, and giving from a deeper place will become easier.

At the same time let us continue to strive for the highest form of giving – from fullness, from deep within, and to extend the love we are with every thought, word and deed.

Written By: Courage Wagba