If you agree to do something for someone, then it is out of the kindness of your heart. If you offer help in some way be it money or services, it should be done without expectation of reciprocation. Charity is for others not what you get from it.
So often I hear of people use this reasoning to get something, “Well I did this for you.” Or, “After everything I’ve done for you.” Well, those guilt trips are ugly. Not only that but they are hurtful and wrong on many levels.
If you don’t want to help someone…Don’t! But to help someone to turn it around on them at a later date is not only bad manners, but it is also morally wrong. An offer of charity is just that. An act that is done from the heart with no other reason in mind but for the betterment of someone else.
The act of giving of ourselves is rewarding. It is a civic duty we do in helping our fellow man. And we should do that duty often. We’ve got the capacity to feel compassion for a reason. So why would we not use it?
Compassion and volunteerism go together hand in hand. Both are all about helping lift someone up, that’s it. That’s the reward. Nothing more to be gained from it but the benefit of knowing you did something good for someone.
If all of us could add to someone’s life today without expectation, imagine how wonderful this life could be. Imagine the things that would be accomplished. Imagine the beautiful existence we would have.
So today, help someone who can not help themselves. Whether it’s your pocket change for someone to eat that day, or helping them learn a skill, or even just a kind word and a smile our charity is the greatest gift we can bestow upon another.
Anytime we uplift another, we also uplift ourselves. The point to life is to live and help others live. We are one world tribe, and think of how much better this world would be if we could all remember this.
If you have the chance today, do something nice for someone. It doesn’t matter how big or small or if that person could ever pay you back for it- the magic is in the giving. That’s the reward! The smile on a child’s face when given an ice cream, the warmth of a hug of gratitude from someone who could offer no other payment; these things are rewards of a good deed.
It’s a living and we’ve all got to eat, sure. But sometimes, money is not worth causing another harm. Bless up and be the change you wish to see today!