Giving rather than receiving makes us richer
Arthur Ashe, champion tennis player, aptly captured the contradictory nature
of pursuing life and happiness. “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”
Over the past few months, I have applied in my home the philosophy that says: “If something I own no longer serves me, I will pass it on to someone for whom it will have value.” This lesson I learnt from Kate Emmerson, Quick-Shift Deva, whose presentations I have attended and found tremendously challenging and liberating.
By passing on those items that no longer serve me, I have experienced more excitement and happiness, I think, than the recipient of those items. I have been encouraged to look at so many material things in my possession with new eyes.
A final point I wish to leave with you … I often think we want to contribute, but are so paralysed by seeing the project as too big. Start small. I recently read an article about a wonderful woman giving sanitary towels to girls who otherwise would be missing school. Each month, via a debit order, I contribute a small amount, in the belief that just that donation transforms the life of a
young woman. Let’s spread the happiness!