“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” ~ Albert Paine; American author and biographer.
“A man should fear when he enjoys only the good he does publicly. Is it not, publicity rather than charity, which he loves? Is it not vanity, rather than benevolence, that gives such charities?” ~ Henry Ward Beecher; American abolitionist and clergyman.
The words of Buddha always are in my mind when it comes to generosity, “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Happiness is the light and flame of the candle, and it is the core of generosity. Sharing your happiness, your inner light with someone.
See, people tend to give money away, buy this and buy that; however, that is just a facade, others will see you open your wallet, therefore that is selfish. Now, I am not saying here that everybody who helps the homeless giving money or a friend with a gift is being selfish per se, but I am saying that the heart of real generosity does not look for recognition. Generosity comes purely from the heart, because generosity is self-love poured onto others for no special reason more than just share and enjoy the Oneness beyond all form which connects us all.
We all carry generosity within us, even the miser, because as mentioned generosity is a form of self-love (as beings of energy and light we all have it, just our thoughts can be generous or not).
Because of our minds and the stress, or because of outer environment chaos, some of us lose that self-love for a moment, or, better put, that self-love gets buried under the stress holding our minds hostage; so we need another kind soul with pure thoughts who can share by generosity, who can really make us feel elevated over the stressful situation we are going through.
This is sharing your light with others, because by sharing it never decreases but the opposite is truth; by sharing our time, our happiness, our hearts, the things which are special to us, then we become connected and grow ourselves.
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