Joy of Giving week: 2nd to 8th October

Lata Jain

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one”, “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person”, said Mother Teresa.

A woman who was traveling alone in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry; the woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his great fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the woman.

lata jain

Lata Jain

“I’ve been thinking,” He said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”

The woman smiled, “The joy of giving!” if we look around and want to see, we will notice the emaciated man licking leftovers from discarded meals at the garbage dump; the little girl turned out of school for walking to the school in “hawai chappal”; the poor patient’s family agonizing over the decision to sell their last piece of land to pay for the medical treatment, the teenage boy committing suicide jumping in front of the train as he was humiliated for not paying his college fees, the poor farmer drinking pesticide as he can’t pay his debts………………the list is long.

Simple living, high thinking is a virtue of the past. Rich living is all we aspire for. There are fewer people who celebrate their significant days at orphanages and old age homes, hospitals.

We are more materialistic today. We want more, better — bigger houses, fatter salaries, and latest gadgets. We work hard for a good life for ourselves and are entitled to every comfort our money can buy. But to live with compassion, to not just indulge ourselves but to also contribute, would add happiness to our lives.

One reason for this seeming apathy is our completely blinkered view of society. We live in denial of the distressing. In our comfortable homes, amid superfluous consumption, we would like to believe that the person on the street, dying of hunger, does not exist. But THEY EXIST.

A series of events are being planned in the city to celebrate the ‘Joy of giving Week’ from October 2 and 8 by the volunteers involving schoolchildren, star hotels, NGOs and the corporate

From auto drivers to CEOs, school children to celebrities, homemakers to opinion leaders, millions of people give their time, money, resources or skills, back to society- by creating or participating in “events” of their choice. An ensemble of personalities from varied fields of expertise — from entrepreneurship to civil service, private executives to those from the judiciary and medicine — came on a common platform to celebrate the virtues of giving.

The Joy of Giving started in 1988 with one family when the founder, Nicki Davis and a few generous volunteers had “Santa” deliver a sack full of clothes and toys to a 7 year old little girl.

Upon their arrival the little girl threw her arms around Santa and cried “Santa, Santa, I Knew you wouldn’t forget me! Last year I waited and waited for you and you didn’t come.” This true story inspired the mission of The Joy of Giving.

Each year since that fateful day, The Joy of Giving has expanded and reached out to thousands of children with the spirit of Christmas. Volunteers work with schools and victim’s advocacy groups to identify the qualified Children.

The ones who participate in the joy of giving week are the one who believe in what mother Teresa said.

This is also a group created for people who want to make a difference in someone else’s life in small or big way.

Most of us think that we are born in this world to take away something with us. The truth is that we are in this world to give more than what we receive. True joy comes when you give and not when you get.

You should also perhaps join this group, if you are a person struggling to find a meaning or purpose in life. Your life will start making more meaning when you decide to move away from a “Me centric world” and start helping others.

We all have unlimited ways of helping, of making a positive difference in the society, you just need to try it, try the joy of giving.

1 Response

  1. Happiness is not only achieved by receiving but also by giving. Giving and spreading happiness not only provides joy and happiness to the giver but also contentment, peace, harmony and fulfilment. Giving not necessary has to be related to materialistic things, An act of love, compassion or kindness can be the best giving or sharing a person can do.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.