What is the best thing in life?
To be alive. To be handsome. To breathe. To be rich. To see others happy. To be sexy. To be on TV. To have a sharp nose. To be born with siblings and inherit all the good genes. To be in the range of standard and acceptable BMI. To see one’s enemy fail. To bribe a policeman and get away with drive-while-phoneing. To receive.
While all (or most) of the above would be deemed acceptable by general standards, many would collectively agree that to receive is the best thing in life. And to an extent, i agree. I mean, why wouldn’t i? Most of the time when one receives – a gift, a promotion, or even a pleasant surprise, one will feel happy and appreciated. In some cases, one even feels special for receiving for the giver.
Well, i had just recently received my share of pleasant surprises – unexpectedly, from a close friend. And while the feeling of being gratified is still taking time to sink in, i am always grateful for the gift and pleasantries. It felt like my birthday came early this year! :p THANK YOU very much, for the thoughtfulness.
However, i feel the best thing in life is actually to give.
Yeap, you read right. The best thing in life is GIVING*. To give time, energy, money, effort, attention; a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, a phrase of encouragement, a smile, a helping hand in need, a timely advice, a thank you note for help rendered, a bouquet of flowers for a lovely lady, and many more ways of giving to a person for a better cause or a cause to better a person.
To give to a person for a better cause or a cause to better a person?
Each year, I’m thrilled to give my time and energy at the 30 hour Famine DIY Camp at HELP UNI. This year is my seventh time. ^^
For the unknown, the 30 hour Famine movement are an initiative by World Vision a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
By doing my little part in this huge movement, i somehow feel that giving may not be the bestest thing in life. :s
What then, is the bestest thing in life, you might be wondering? : )
I feel, the bestest thing in life… is giving without any expectation of return, and/or to someone who you know, can never repay you.
Try it, and you’ll be glad you did. : )
*In this post, i write only in the light of positive things, i DO NOT advocate the act of giving to illegal and irresponsible causes, ie. give money to buy drugs and other ill intended purposes. My writing is based on my opinion and is to be taken with a pinch of salt and not necessarily in the literal sense.