Some time ago I was leaving a rehearsal and going towards my car when I saw a sort of commotion going on at the opposite side of the street. There were about twenty elderly men, two vans and a lot of bags on the pavement. Out of curiosity I decided to go to see what was going on. As I got closer I saw the men packing food toiletries and other provisions. I began to enquire about what was taking place. They informed me that they were collecting food from homes and putting packages together for the needy and it was a weekly project. I walked away smiling and said to myself that is what I love about Israel. Israeli men have no qualms about doing such a task.
It is a wonderful and special feeling to be generous. To give willingly without any expectation is always rewarding. Yes, there are times others will take us for granted however, that should not stop us from being selfless. I know it is easier said than done nevertheless, by putting our needs and wants aside for a moment and giving that extra time to help someone else (may it be a student, neighbor or the average person on the street) is always satisfying to the soul.
Giving compassionately to others may enhance their lives more than we could ever imagine. So we should not let our daily hustle and bustle steal these moments of being able to help ease someone else’s burden. We should make time to do something voluntary within our communities occasionally (at least I think so). Why wait for tragedies to occur to lend a hand?
As a people there is so much more we can do. Note I have not asked for us to give money because for one reason or the other this may not always be possible. But to give of our time is something we can all afford and it forces us to really spend time with the benefactor which often teaches us valuable lessons we may have otherwise missed. So maybe we can try giving just 10 minutes of our time sharing our talent or knowledge to someone eager to learn. You can never know the impact such simple gestures can have, even on our lives.
Uniting forces and replenishing the needs of the less unfortunate will bring its benefits. If not for you for our children or our grandchildren for there will be no seed left to wither when good deeds are done without any intentions.
The Fanga team Motto for 2011 is “Caring and Sharing”. Today I leave you with a poem titled ‘The Perfume’. Take some time to read it through and see what a difference you can make in someone’s life by just giving your time.
Become someone’s hero instead of being zero….. Fanga!
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