The topic of ‘Giving’ is rarely the subject of conversations. And I wonder if that is because so many of us think we are lacking. Norway is ranked as the happiest country in the world — and it is said to be down to the governmental help, and citizens helping one another. In a place of discourse, you’ll find an imbalance of giving and taking. In a conflict-ridden relationship, you’ll find a disproportionate amount of giving and taking. Many will stand tall and say that capitalism is very bad because a certain group of people are hoarding everything; this belief automatically means another group is being deprived. This is obviously at a macro-level. To bring it to a micro-level; In personal relationships, many are focused on taking — granted, they need so they go on a search to find. This fear of lack and loss creates disconnection — everyone fending for themselves. I’ve found that people are reluctant to share their knowledge; as if knowledge can be completely absorbed, leaving the source depleted. Knowledge is like a lit candle; it doesn’t lose its flame by lighting another.
We have become hyper-sensitive as a civilisation; generosity is scrutinised and asking for help is seen as opportunistic. This is mankind in trouble. This should be treated with the same concern as the other issues plaguing our world. We are on this planet alone — if we do not find a way to help one another, we are already at a loss — if we don’t look to ourselves and come together, what chance do we have to face the issues we think are external. Listening is an act of giving.
We have to look within ourselves; this act alone is an act of giving. And in giving is how we open ourselves to receive.