“The greatest happiness on earth lies in making others happy“. These are the words of Yolindie Oberholzer, at Fred and Martie’s Soup Kitchen. Feeding the hungry and the poor is a lifelong commitment for her and her husband Riaan.
It is impressive to see young ambitious men and women who are making their life meaningful by bringing smiles on the faces of our less fortunate, amidst of all the distractions that this world could offer.Charity. Charity is a virtue in its essence. Charity is often perceived as a donation or offering to less fortunate or under fortunate. Charity has different names: soup kitchen, philanthropy, benevolence, poverty altruism, magnanimity and so on.
But, to Yolindie, it is simple giving. Give anything that is worth giving. Give whatever possible, money, cloths, education, help, a shoulder, and most importantly your time. You will be remembered for ever. At the end of the day, we are not judged by the number of certificates that we received, or by the number of awards or medals, neither the promotions nor positions that speak of us. But it is the number of lives we have touched. That is what is going to define us humans.
Some people have a wrong conception of charity. Donating when they have more, donating when they have sin. Donating to someone or something so that you will get blessings for your future, etc, etc. No, give just for giving sake and not expecting anything in return.
And, don’t feel proud in giving. As the great poet Khalil Gibran said ‘See first that you yourself deserve to be a giver, and an instrument of giving” also as the saying goes. Your left hand should not know what your right hand is giving.
It is not what you give or how much you give, but it the thought of giving itself. And give unconditionally.