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“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” ― Betty Reese
Funny isn’t it!
But it’s true.
Life in the twenty-first century is unquestionably difficult. And every moment we doubt ourselves of our worth, wondering if we would be able to make it to the office in time, or keep up with work, spend time with family, and earn enough money to pay the rent and buy basics. But there never seems to be enough time to complete all of the tasks at hand.
With so many obstacles to deal with we wonder, “Why should I put any effort into giving?” or “I’m already trying to meet all of the obligations and pressures that have been placed on me.”
“How am I going to find the time and resources to give even more?”
“No one gives to me, so why should I give to others?” or “No one donates to me, so why should I give to others?”
How often do we think like this? How often do we forget our role? To be true, we often do.
But in reality, we should live a life of giving. But giving should not be mistaken for an act, because giving as an act is a lie.
Ask yourself, “What can you give?” The truth is nothing, we have taken everything we have from this earth, including our bodies. The largest gift you will ever receive is your parent’s substantial investment in you. They aren’t, however, the only ones who have helped you. Many individuals have given you gifts throughout your life, including teachers, family, and strangers. Schools and hospitals were created by people who came before you, with their sweat and tax dollars. Almost everything you use in your daily life was created by someone else. The serenity you have is the result of the sacrifices of others. When you think about it, you probably know a lot of people who have had a positive or negative impact on your life.
So what can we actually give back? Probably we can only give a fraction of what we have taken. Giving back should be a means of life for you, like a purpose and your actions should reflect that way of life.
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The act of giving back brings purpose to life. Have you wondered? Think about each second you are either giving or being given. But what exactly is giving back?
By definition giving back means “to provide help or financial assistance to others in appreciation of one’s own success or good fortune.”
It fosters a symbiotic relationship in which both sides benefit- the giver and the receiver. Your gift has a positive impact on the recipients. And as a result of being a giver, you profit personally. It’s not always simple to notice the direct benefits to individuals you assist. Other times, the long-term advantages of your actions may not be apparent for several years. It’s possible that your gift will benefit the sick, fund a project for your favourite organisation, provide a home to an orphan or assist a child in learning something useful. Whatever you provide, whether it’s time, money, or effort, it will always make a difference.
If you live in a perpetual state of giving, if every step and breath you take is a process of giving, you’ve turned your existence into a contribution. You’ll naturally reach a point of union, which will lay the groundwork for a cosmic possibility.
Spud Marshall, the founder of My Creative Community defines community as “a group of people around a shared sense of belonging. There is some identity, there are some values, there is some shared interest, that brings a group of people together and that shared sense of belongingness is what defines a community.” He adds “As a community builder, you are in the business of creating wonders, creating experiences where people have a little spark of the magic of possibility.”
So, how do you actually create that spark of magic possibilities? It’s simple- you give back. But what do you give back?
You may have a lot to give, or you may only have a little. Giving to your potential is the secret to the power of giving. Always remember, it’s not how much you give that makes a difference, but how you offer it. It’s only that the difference is that you opened yourself up for the same cause.
So, the first step is in realising your full potential. Figure out what you have that others would find useful. There is a chance you have more than you realise. To begin, you must examine your talents, abilities, and resources. They could be something, such as time, money, or the capacity to plan a fund-raising event, or intangible, such as love, knowledge, or attention. It’s possible that at this moment in your life, random acts of kindness are all you have to give.
Keep in mind that your acts have impacts beyond your original gift, which are usually favourable. Sometimes it can even cause a ripple effect. For instance, “I can share my surplus with others too,” the receiver of your extra carrots may think, just as the distant cousin may be inspired to connect with others by your considerate gesture.
Coming back to the original what can you give back, here are a few things that you can give back to your community:
In fact everything and anything. Helping others can take many forms, from donating money to assisting a stranger in digging his car out of the snow, and can stem from a variety of motivations, ranging from deep empathy to appreciation to others. There is no limitation to what you can give, sometimes even a donated piece of cloth can be the wardrobe option of a needy. So be generous. Give whatever you can, whenever you can, wherever you can.
What are the advantages of giving back? Here are a few of the benefits of making giving a bigger part of your life:
Sense of Purpose
Spending time in your community to enrich it, is a fantastic approach to extending your worldview. Immersing yourself in a community and surrounding yourself with people who are dedicated to improving the world can teach you a lot about how the world works. Serving others provides you a sense of purpose that often spills over into other aspects of your life.
You can only learn about the world, about yourself, and even about your destiny through engaging with other people. Other people are, after all, a mirror in which you may see yourself. This link allows you to realise your full potential and improve your spirit. The act of giving is a wonderful spiritual activity.
Feeling of Security
Giving might also help you to overcome your fears. Giving encourages social relationships, which strengthens your sense of security. Beginning the process of making a difference is the best way to address your anxieties. It can make you feel more connected to others, which can help you feel less afraid and isolated.
Reaching Your Potential
“Why, God, do you not do something for these people?” said a man walking past a beggar, according to Rumi, a thirteenth-century Persian mystic. “I accomplished something,” God said. “I created you.” Rumi was addressing our power to select what we do, our ability to realise our full potential when he wrote these words.
The majority of people only employ a small percentage of their potential, and many never discover their real gift or purpose in life. They are unable to discover a worthwhile cause to support, one that is meaningful to them and makes a difference in their life.Things change when you contribute to others or give of yourself to worthwhile causes. You have higher expectations of yourself. You gain a fresh sense of self-worth. Indeed, you begin to recognise your own abilities and qualities. And by doing so, you will be able to reach your greatest potential while also assisting others.
Giving to others benefits people physically and emotionally, according to academic studies. Research in Michigan found that regular volunteer labour enhances life expectancy, according to an article in the May 1988 issue of American Health magazine. Men who did not volunteer at all were two and a half times more likely to die during the research than men who contributed at least once a week, according to the findings.
Not only this but giving back to the community improves our mental health too. Volunteerism has been found in studies to reduce depression and other forms of psychological discomfort because the brain rewards us with “happy neurotransmitters” that help us feel good in the short and long term when we volunteer.
In studies, it was found that giving back to the community boosts happiness. But how does it happen? Take the example of Mother Teresa. She felt fulfilled when she was able to transform the agony and terror on the faces of dying people into tranquillity and serenity. She made their undeniable suffering a bit easier to bear by offering herself to others. How was she able to achieve this?
It’s simple, if you’re having a bad day, try making someone else happy and watch what happens. Try doing some significant and worthwhile work if you’re feeling empty and unfulfilled. The catch is that you must approach this task with excitement and commitment.
Meaning and fulfillment
Giving is the only way to receive. Giving brings significance, fulfillment, and happiness into your life. It enables you to realise your full potential and achieve breakthroughs. Giving is, in fact, a privilege. So give of your time, your knowledge, your wisdom, your wealth, and your love—and see how powerful and beautiful giving can be.
The paradox is that if we give back expecting to be rewarded, we will not be rewarded. You get a lot when you offer with enthusiasm, selflessness, and love. The rewards you acquire will be reflected in the mindset you bring to your giving. But when you expect a return on your investment, you defeat the point of contributing.
Individuals are not the only ones who can provide. The majority of us work for companies or organisations that can contribute to our communities. We can influence others, make a difference in the areas we live in, and generate good change when we promote contributing in these organisations. Because ultimately, we are a part of the organisation and the company is defined by our actions. So, here are some ways your company can help in giving back to the community.
Walt Disney’s goal was to “bring a smile to a child’s face,” and he was able to achieve this goal despite many difficulties and setbacks. Of course, there was a profit motive—all businesses do, but notice the connection to giving: making a kid smile.
Giving back to the customers is important. It is the core of any business. Giving to clients fosters loyalty, repeat business, and word-of-mouth recommendations by attending to their needs, fixing their problems, and keeping them happy.
Starbucks’ amazing development can be attributed in part to its philosophy of treating employees as partners and providing consumers with a unique experience each time they visit. Starbucks has been known to open early in order to accommodate a customer, and has even set up tables at railway stations to provide free coffee. These behaviours are based on the notion of giving and serving others. It’s also a wise business decision. Not only this but it was a wise employee retention decision too.
Finding and retaining great individuals is becoming increasingly difficult. Employee potential must also be realised, as employees are the most valuable asset a company has. A giving culture is necessary to recruit and keep good employees. Part of that giving is taking care of their needs and creating an environment that encourages learning, growth, and participation.
Every business is part of a larger community. Corporations that give to the community are rewarded for their efforts. Giving establishes a foundation of trust and credibility. It exemplifies responsible citizenship.
Today, any firm that fails to recognise the need of being environmentally conscious is viewed negatively by the market. Millions of potential investors will steer clear of these businesses, and some of them may suffer significant financial risks. Furthermore, many businesses miss out on cost reductions that could be realised if they were more careful with their resources. Individuals and organisations can both contribute to making the world a better place than when they arrived.
For example, IKEA uses flat packaging to get every last millimetre of use out of each box. As a result, the corporation can load its trains and trucks even more tightly. The packaging reduces the number of trees cut down while saving up to 15% on fuel costs for each item. Even Amazon has now replaced bubble wraps with paper cushions that are biodegradable.
In the end, I want to ask you what does giving back means to you? How do you feel about it? To me personally, I feel that at the core of all, giving is compassion and love—and it grows when you become a better giver.
Ask yourself, “How do I feel when I give?” Do I have a sense of energy, happiness, and fulfilment? Or do I feel deprived, cheated, and undervalued? What have been my previous giving experiences? Were they ecstatic or depressed? What has been my most memorable giving experience? What has been my worst giving experience? Your answers to the above questions will help you figure out how you feel about giving.
So by now, you’re ready to rock. You must be eager to dive in and flex your change-agent muscles. This last section gives you one final springboard of quotes that inspire and ignite a sense of generosity—and help make your giving journey as incredible as possible. It also helps you serve your community in the best possible light, savouring what you’ve experienced, and empowering you to continue making change happen.
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” – H.Jackson Brown Jr.
“To me, giving back is so important. It makes others feel good which then in return makes me feel good.” – Katie Cassidy
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“In a sense, the concept of ‘us’ and ‘them’ is almost no longer relevant, as our neighbors’ interests are ours, as well. Caring for our neighbors’ interests is essentially caring for our future.” – The Dalai Lama
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” – Muhammad Ali
“At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“You don’t have to be rich to give; your gift can be as simple as a smile.” – Frank Sonnenberg
“When you’re in a position to have gotten so much, the gift at this point is giving back.” – Paul Stanley
Giving back gives life meaning. Giving back is defined as “to aid or financially assist others in gratitude of one’s own achievement or good fortune.” It promotes a symbiotic relationship in which both the donor and the receiver benefit. Your gift has a beneficial effect on the people who get it. You benefit personally as a result of being a giver.
You can give back to your community in many ways such as time, money, or the capacity to plan a fund-raising event, or intangible, such as love, knowledge, or attention. It’s possible that at this moment in your life, random acts of kindness are all you have to give.
Giving back to the community is important because of the following reasons:
Ways in which you can giving back to you community as a company are as follows:
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