If you think giving money and lots of it equates to charity, you’re wrong – giving only money is not good enough as it does not go a long way. Yes, of course, you will be thanked for it – but what after that? Nothing. Your money will go into the buying or paying of something, and then that’s that – more often that not, it does not bring with it the experience of having made a difference. The act of giving money alone is easy. Think about it.
Which would you prefer to do:
1. Give RM100 to a charity home or a poor family?
2. Drive to a grocery store, select the items carefully that will fit into a RM100 budget and then send it to the home or family that needs it?
Most of you will pick the first choice because it’s easy – and this shouldn’t be the way. If you want to do something, do it with all your heart, or don’t bother at all. Don’t do it just because you think you can buy karma points with the money you give. It’s worse that way because your intentions are selfish.
Today, charity is more than just almsgiving (distribution of money) – it has evolved into assisting the poor and needy in kind as well, by giving your time and effort to make a difference. For your information – especially all the stingy people reading this, you don’t have to split with your hard earned cash that you want to take to your grave with you.
Charity also means spending time with the old, the sick, the dying, the poor, the orphaned and just about anyone you think might need you. Charity has become experiential as it always should be. For instance, if you visit a children’s home – talk to them, play with them, laugh with them.
And if you visit an old folks home, listen to them, ask them for advice and listen, don’t just hear what they’re saying. And don’t pretend. They may be old, but they’re not stupid and blur like you are for thinking you can get away with pretending. Don’t be a fake.
Just last Saturday on August 9th, we visited Rumah K.I.D.S in Klang for the Great Orange Charity Drive – Paint for Change. We spent half a day painting the exterior of this home and the children were really happy that the walls looked brighter (we painted it with a color named outLOUD Orange sponsored by Nippon Paint Malaysia).
There was a certain individual on the home’s committee who wrinkled their nose at the effort we had put in – and didn’t hesitate to voice out that she wanted repaint one window pane – we were there at time. If you do something charitable and you get losers like this trying to make you feel small, forget it. Remember that you are doing it for the children and for those who really need your help.
Keep on doing what you do and make it an experience for yourself and for those you visit. It’s not difficult to make someone happy and do something charitable. It’s a question of whether you want to or not.