How great it is to give!
Let’s get to the point. Everyone talks about change. Not only small changes, but sudden and unexpected, quite drastic, changes which people seem to want. How many of us are ready to make such changes? To act, collaborate, give back and help others to bring about the change people seem to long for?
The world is competitive. So are you. You want to be that qualified person with a successful career living a comfortable life; you want to reach your goals and you want to be the centre of attention. There is nothing wrong with that. But to live in a community and expect it to help you grow personally without you giving anything back is immature; such an attitude keeps an individual from being part of society.
Churchill famously said: You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.
However busy you are, you can always give back. You can always start giving back to the community from this moment. This simply means learning the art of being accommodating and living a lifestyle that shows that you understand and appreciate the fact that while you may be comfortably off there are people who are struggling to overcome many challenges in their lives and, as a community, it should be our responsibility to help them.
Being philanthropic and genuinely caring for others and their personal development should be a lifestyle, especially in a small country like ours. It is important to note that philanthropy differs from charity, as charity focuses on eliminating suffering caused by social problems, while philanthropy focuses on the elimination of the social problems themselves.
There are a number of reasons why it is important to give back to society and why philanthropy should be a way of life – not for altruistic reasons, but because it is the moral obligation of every individual living in a society. Giving back to the community is the best thing you can do; it brings about change in society; it is significant and what you give is gratefully received by the community.
Let us promise to create an equal society by creating equal opportunities. When you give you are not being altruistic; you are being just and acting for the good of society.