Charity Begins At Home

I was intrigued by an article on Sadio Mane – a Liverpool star from Senegal earning approximately 10.2 mn dollars carrying a cracked iPhone. On being asked about it, his reply was – “Why would I want 10 Ferraris, 20 diamond watches and 2 jet planes? What would that do for the world? I played
barefoot and I didn’t go to school. Now I can help people. I prefer to build schools and give poor people food or clothing. I prefer that my people receive a little of what life has given me.”
I am yet to meet a person who has gone bankrupt by offering money to charity. One really should be thankful for the blessings showered on us and should reciprocate the same by helping many people along the way in ANY way possible. Even if we can make a difference to a small few, life will be
worth it.
A fixed percentage of either your income or profits should be earmarked for the same – say 10% . It also brings to the forefront the importance and joy of giving rather than receiving. Giving is not a zero sum game. The more you give, the more you have.
As Mahatma Gandhi said – “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Seeing the smiles, gratitude and expressions of hope on the faces of those you are kind to makes the act of giving worthwhile. No matter how much or how little can you give, you have the power to touch the life of another person and you can affect them in ways you may never be completely
aware of.
It need not always be money. You can give your time, your warmth, your friendship, your listening ear or a shoulder to lean on. Whatever you decide to give, know that a pure spirit and a generous heart can be your path to real happiness.
We live in a world where not everyone is as fortunate as their neighbor. If you’re able, give to others –
You will contribute to making the world a nicer place.
You will make the lives of less fortunate better.
And you’ll brighten your soul too.

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