In this pandemic period, were people are jotting down all they are grateful for, don’t you think it’s also ok for you to do same?
There are lots of charity works by NGO’s, also some individual donations, lots on giveaway on social media, even prayers Yes! People contributed to your life one way or the other without you noticing. What group of person do you owe a debt of gratitude?
Look inside your heart was there someone or group of people in your life or that helped you become the person you are today? One way or the other I believe there is that person, people or organization that added value to your life. Maybe there was someone who taught you to appreciate life in a new way or you have that someone you can count on no matter what. It is of paramount importance we repay that debt not to those individuals but to society.
We often hear the expression “give back to the society” as it relates to criminals. It is sometimes used as a euphemism for incarceration. The truth is this; we all owe a debt to people and even the society. Not because we have done some harm to the community but instead because we have benefited from someone else doing good.
The bible said;
“And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”.
Obviously no matter how good we are and how exemplary our lives are, we can never repay our debt to God or his son so that part of the meaning is rather clear. I also think this means that we should do good for goodness sake rather than any potential benefit we may reap from the act.
You doing giveaway because you need followers or you want your name on bloggers platform.
I also think there is another level of meaning and this comes back to the central idea of our debt to people and the society. I think when it comes down to acts of kindness; it must not only be a one-to-one relationship. Obviously in many cases when a person is in need of help they may never be in a position to return that help in kind. But it is not really what we want or need when we offer help or kindness in any case.
Whenever I do something charitable, helpful, or kind, I tend to view the act as contributing to a vast fund of kindness. Many times in my life I have profited from this people and I still do up till now.
A friend was giving me a monthly allowance of twenty thousand even without meet him in person. He was a friend on Facebook. He even did more than that for. And till this day words fail me to express how thankful I was then and even now. (I will be appreciating him more in my book). I truly believe, there are angels in human form.
One of the reasons I like this concept is of showing gratitude is; the value grows exponentially rather than incrementally just as money would do if similarly invested. On a serious note, we should all be grateful for this because the truth is this; we usually do not pay our debt to society/people we owe it to.
Most of us, the society made us who we are today, those people who you look down on are your greatest cheerleaders, I know most times we write the occasional check, buy a ticket for some raffle, and/or spend a few hours working here and there on some pet project. This is not a bad idea. There are also a few who will go much further than this and spend a large portion of their time, energy, and/or money for the greater good but they are far too few.
Often whenever we face pressure on our time or finances then it is our philanthropic activities that are the first to be sacrificed. Majority of us are guilty of this. I wonder what would happen if we reversed this and instead put helping others first rather than last.
My challenge to you this week is simply to find a way to appreciate the people who have contributed to your life during this pandemic period and even before the pandemic.
Remember, when someone offers you a helping hand then be sure to pass the favor along at the first opportunity. Do not pick and choose. Do not balance your checkbook first. Do not take the easy path. Do what is right. You will know it when you see it.
How is your debt? Have you paid it yet or are you still pretending it does not exist?
Written by Juliana Jonathan