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The Art of Giving

The Art of Giving

By Laxmi Parmeswar

Family weddings bring out the best in people; at least that’s what happened in mine. Watching everyone (especially my adult children) during that memorable week made me realize that some people are naturally blessed with the art of giving. Wasn’t it Mother Teresa who said, “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”!!!!

Giving of yourself when it is not asked for, or giving so much that it hurts, or giving because you truly care, are all so easy to write about but so difficult to put into action. In a world that values possessions more than people, intellect more than impact, pride more than compassion, and appearance more than authenticity in all charitable endeavors, I am intrigued by the spirit of giving.

As we approach another Christmas/holiday season of exchanging gifts, we preach to young children about the joy of giving & not just receiving. But accessing our own ability to give freely is truly a gift. Wish it was as easy as a (mouse) click on ‘like’ or ‘share’ on Facebook!!

In this complex digital world, do our kids/teenagers feel alone and isolated despite having a thousand plus “friends” in popular social media?? What is the equation of “give and take” with these friends? How do we impress upon the possibility that in giving intangible gifts, we are probably receiving more, connecting more and nourishing our souls in both physical & digital spaces??? Hope we give this some serious thought and are able to keep our answers & actions SIMPLE in all its complexity…