When we look for the right time to give
Have you ever wondered what “giving” really means? Let’s think about it. According to Wikipedia, a donation is an act of gifting someone something without recompense. There is a small precision which highlights that the donor should act without fulfilling any form of obligation other than their motivation. Is that what our beloved social networks and our general society are proposing?
First of all, I believe that requesting donations distorts the concept itself. Even if the request is made through an intermediary, I still don’t think it is correct. Secondly, a promotional gift or donation equally, in my opinion, merely diverts the concept. My philanthropy post talks a little bit about this. https://coachdanny.ca/2019/11/15/nationalphilanthropyday-solomotivation-fridayfeeling-2/
Finally, let’s look at the receiver’s point of view. In my opinion, receiving a donation should be defined by the context itself. Take the following example. You’re walking in the forest and you fall on an apple tree or other fruit tree. Seeing these apples triggers an appetite that was about to arise, but which was waiting for the right moment. You see a sign on the tree that says, “Help yourself, I’m happy for you to take some.” Isn’t it wonderful that both the gift and the receiver are brought together by chance? The fact is that the apple tree is the work of a good Samaritan, who every week passes by and tends to their tree so that it can offer tasty fruit to any passers-by.
The moral of this story is that, in my opinion, a true gift will always be given without the donor and the receiver ever being in contact. The former being motivated by their simple generosity and the latter, free of the weight that can come about from the humbleness of accepting a gift.
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Translation by Abbie Sims: https://www.linkedin.com/in/acsims/
Last Updated on December 9, 2019 by Coach Danny