While driving back from the supermarket, I heard an inspiring story on the radio that brought me to tears. It was about a wealthy man who went to Africa to visit a poor village. He met a seven-year-old boy there who was dying of malnutrition. His stomach was bloated, his hair was discolored, and he could hardly stand up. He knelt down and gave the boy an open coconut. He expected the child to eat it immediately, but to his amazement the boy left the fruit by his side. The man walked off puzzled. A few minutes later, out of the corner of his eye he saw the boy pick it up and begin to walk. The man secretly followed. As he pulled back the entrance to the tent the boy had entered, he saw him kneeling down. Grasped in one hand was a baby, and in the other, the coconut. As the tour guides entered, they told this wealthy man that the baby was the boy’s dying brother, and that any bit of food he gets, he feeds the baby and goes hungry himself.
What a moving story of human bond. A boy so young, faced with death, still able to surrender for love.
Think of how many of us are blessed with so much, yet give nothing. This world needs your help; please open up your heart. One person can save another person’s life. That’s what one person can do. There is no greater act than that.
“Happiness…consists in giving, and in serving others.”—Henry Drummond
How many times have you had a gift, all wrapped with your name on it, and didn’t open it? Probably never. Well, we all have a special gift that was given to us—a God given gift, waiting for us to look past the fear and negativity and open it up, giving us the power to perceive things in a different light, and importantly—the power to change the way we act.
Most people go around believing that when they give they are depleting themselves, or giving something up in the process. However, every time we give, we automatically receive. The feeling of giving is the gift. If you focus your energy on the positive acts you commit to every day, you will consistently experience fulfillment.
Success thrives on the idea of giving. It not only helps to create stronger passion and motivation within, but fuels everyone around you. I imagine how lonely and unfulfilling it would be to celebrate success on my own. Share your success. Share your great qualities. Allow people to see you for who you really are. Give of yourself and it will come back tenfold. The energy we express with our thoughts, words, and actions are our real contribution to the world. It’s contagious, because every soul is yearning for that fulfillment. Before you know it, it won’t feel like a process, but a way of life, a never-ending cycle of self-growth, of giving your gift to the world.