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The gain in losing

columns Updated: Sep 17, 2013 01:56 IST
PP Wangchuk

How many of us believe that giving is receiving and losing is gaining? Surely, there are many. For me, these are my favourite reminders. And I am aware that those who take it as a part of their routine duty are the happiest ones.

A Facebook friend posted the other day an appeal that may have set many readers thinking about a change in shopping habits. He wrote, let us not henceforth buy from big shopping centres to add to the billionaires’ ‘bulge’ further but from the small ‘kirana’ shops across the street or from the small vendors near your home. That, he argued, will help reduce poverty among the poor. Surely, a great idea each one of us must follow.

The idea of being kind and compassionate originates from the ideal that one must help and share with the less privileged. True, many among us must be already doing it and must be proud of their act. Such people deserve kudos.

Khalil Gibran says it is only in service that joy and happiness can be found in abundance. “I slept and I dreamt that life is all joy. I woke up and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is all joy.”

Prosperity has no meaning until you have happiness; and happiness comes from giving and sharing. One has to be a giver to understand the immense satisfaction and happiness that follows automatically.

If those of us enjoying greater privileges start sharing with the poor, the darker side around us will brighten up. No person around you will have to go to bed on a hungry stomach. No person around you will die of hunger.

It is glorious, as someone wrote recently, to have big money; but it is the ultimate good act if you know the art of sharing it with the less privileged.

The importance of giving and sharing was best described by Winston Churchill, “We can make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.