I strongly believe in philanthropy and being a gift to others whether you give your time or treasure or both. Some people, once they’ve reached a certain echelon in society, don’t see the need to be concerned with the welfare of others. They falsely believe that they could never be in a situation where they would need assistance themselves. The truth of the matter is your life can be altered in the blink of an eye much like the lives of those you are not concerned with. Never turn your nose up at another person because you think you’re better than they are.
I volunteer my time at homeless shelters and am absolutely amazed at the stories of the incredible people there. Some were former professionals and were great contributors to society while others allowed the ineradicable strength of drugs and alcohol to overcome them forcing them to lose it all including their homes. Then there were those who lost their homes by the hands of Mother Nature through a hurricane, tornado or act of God. My point is simply, don’t take anything for granted.
Understand that we share this earth and are all connected in some way. No race is better than the other, no gender stronger than the other, no country superior to the next; we are all a part of the human race. Once we start to dehumanize the welfare of others, we start to go against the very reason why we were placed on this earth. To be concerned with your own welfare is to be blind to your purpose. The universe does not believe in selfishness; rather it rewards selflessness.
The key to having an abundant life is to give to others. The key to experiencing joy is to do for others. The key to understanding your purpose is to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
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