Leading a “Generous” life is not as challenging as many may believe. Many a time, it not how much you have that motivates you to be a generous individual, but how much you are happy about sharing what you have.
Like in the case of Sam Uncle. A dear family friend since my childhood days, he grew up in a penniless home. With food difficult to come by, he struggled to attend school and help his family with their dairy farm. For one who had a childhood that was very poor, he grew up with an intrinsic desire to make the world a happier place.
Arriving in Dubai after facing considerable challenges, he started earning his livelihood to support his parents and younger brothers in India. After two years, just when he began preparing for his long awaited vacation, he came to know that a family friend was struggling financially in order to pay his employees for lack of money. Postponing his vacation, he immediately went about helping the friend with his acute business challenge.
Years later, he went on to establish a charity organization whose mission was to help the downtrodden and poor. Today, the organization completes its 24th year of successful existence, having helped thousands of poor families. Through this organization, many families were able to receive medical treatment for their loved ones, build and live in a place of their own and educate their children.
To me Sam remains as one of the people in my life who reflects that generosity is indeed a state of mind. Sam Uncle and many like him, whom we may know, convey to us a fundamental lesson of generosity – do not expect anything in return.
Generous people have this innate belief in the goodness of people and humanity. They trust people easily and many may mistakenly believe there trusting nature as naivete. However, these individuals choose to trust others the way they do because of the inherent benevolence they have towards others.
They are, interestingly, far more content with their life than many others. With their personal needs clear and limited, they are seldom distressed with maintaining a status or position to impress others. They are able to enjoy life to a greater extent than many others due to the balance in life they have. A balance that comes from the realization that to truly enjoy the fruits of our success, depends on what you also do for the world.
The span of time that we are on this planet is better understood by these generous folk. Life is indeed short and the best way to make the best of it is by being leading a life that not only gives you joy but others as well. It can be as easy as being a patient listener to a distressed or disgruntled collegue or friend. It could even be by collecting and selling old books and then sending the money for the construction of a play room in a village school. There are endless ways we can help others.
One can make an positive impact in the life of one person – through means that are convenient and practical for them. After all, we may not be able to help others all the time through monetary help but we certainly can be generous through the time we may give for a cause, eg: mentoring a student who comes from an impoverished background or broken home.
Positive people are more prone to generosity than their counterparts who continuously worry, get stressed, are suspicious and constantly safe guard their interest. The more we are conscious of ourselves and our well being alone, the challenge to give some of our time, wisdom or money is greater.
Ironically, the more you are happy to share your knowledge, your time or money for the benefit of another individual’s growth and success, the happier you are likely to feel.
It is a unique state of happiness that has the glow of delight experienced by those, whose lives we have touched.