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The Joy of Giving
by Shernaz Wadia

Christmas, the season of peace and goodwill is just over but its glow and warmth still linger. It is also known as the season of giving, Santa Claus grants our wishes, sometimes through our parents and elders. What cheer that brings to our hearts. It is time we spread that cheer to those less fortunate and in need of being cheered up.

Now, as we enter the New Year, let us resolve to light the beacon of Love with the oil of Giving.

Giving not just as in food, money, clothes etc. (all noble in themselves), but giving of ourselves. Within each of us is a treasure trove of givable wealth. Pitiable is the one who will not give. She/ he is the poorest of the poor!! It is the spirit of the gift and not its monetary value that counts.

Give away a smile and see a stranger’s sad face beam. Ignite a tiny flame of faith to dispel the darkness of someone’s despair.  Lend a helping hand to a neighbor.  Liven up another’s life with a little cheer.  Kindle hope in a lonely heart – just be there in a caring way. Gift words of comfort, encouragement, genuine praise, appreciation, tolerance, forgiveness, understanding, a few minutes of your time.....the list is as endless as your inner vault of riches is fathomless.

Give unstintingly. Each of the above can make a priceless and thoughtful gift if well-timed. These are but simple acts of kindheartedness. Small in themselves and seemingly insignificant, they have an awesome power to heal the receiver and the giver. YOU are endowed with that power. Use it.

Give, give, give and experience the thrill of receiving manifold what you give away. It is an immutable Cosmic Law: “What goes forth from you gravitates back to you.” It has a boomerang effect, often reappearing with twice its initial force and at exactly the right time. Reflect upon this, practice it and enhance life by giving away generously, happily, abundantly.

A Divine Purpose has brought us all together here. Let us, from our little corner, start off a chain reaction of spreading love, joy, peace, tolerance, comfort and be active, positive partners in Divinity.

Thomas Gibbon, an 18th century poet has said:

“That man may last, but never lives,
Who much receives, but nothing gives;
Whom none can love, whom none can thank –
Creation’s blot, Creation’s blank.”

Happy giving away to each of you in 2006. May your fortunes multiply many times in direct proportion to what you give.     

1-Jan-2006
 
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