For the last day of doing the Quotes Challenge, I like to share with you an excerpt from one my most favourite chapters from one of my most favourite authors, John C. Maxwell. I will not do a book/chapter review about this but instead share some of my thoughts on why giving and helping reaps more rewards compared to just sitting still and selfishly do things only for your own benefit.
No one becomes rich unless he enriches others.
— Andrew Carnegie
Andrew Carnegie certainly knew and lived what he said. He was a self-made steel tycoon and one of the wealthiest 19th century businessmen. He is also a philanthropist: contributed to the expansion of the New York Public library and spent the rest of his days helping others.
Many of today’s richest businessmen are into philanthropy as well e.g. Bill Gates, Warren Buffet. Our very own Henry Sy, Sr. of SM Investments is also a philanthropist.
You’ll say, “Yeah right. They are billionaires. Philanthropy for them sure is easy.” Good thing is, we don’t have to be billionaires to leave a mark in the society. Generosity is not a matter of money.
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
— Pres. Woodrow Wilson
Investing our time and effort in improving the life of others will eventually have an impact in our life. There is a deep satisfaction seeing little children show their sign of gratitude to you (it’s really heart-melting, the best thing I have ever felt). There is a different kind of achievement to be able to give back to the needy and poor. IT doesn’t have to be in form of money or material things. In fact, the intangibles are more gratifying and fulfilling — dedicating our skills to teach others, mustering our strength to help a weak hand, and focusing our energy in making them happy.
We don’t even have to flaunt it in social media. After all, only two will truly appreciate your act of kindness: the one you helped, and the One Above. That’s all that matters.
We are blessed by God. All that we have is from Him. Because of Him, we can have everything. Without Him, we are nothing. Knowing this, it’s only right that we give.
Every man shall give as he is able according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you.
— Deuteronomy 16:17
Giving makes us a better person. Sharing our blessings to others will definitely lead to more blessings coming back to us. Blessings come in different forms, and this is what makes giving more exciting. This is the Boomerang principle. What you throw will eventually go back to you.
Question is, what have you thrown to others lately?