Unconditional giving requires no sense of self benefit, not only at celebratory times but when ever the need arises.
Giving should be part and parcel of the human spirit, not rewarding oneself or seeing this as some grand sacrifice, but rather a noble deed.
In fact, a man’s true wealth is the good he does in this life and that no one has ever become poor by giving.
The dictionary describes giving as the transference of good or deeds, concrete or abstract.
The average person thinks of giving in terms of a material nature but there are many other forms as discussed below :
One of the obvious is giving to the poor and the needy who will always exist and because of a world dominated by materialism many may unconsciously forget those struggling to survive.
The environment is crying out in desperation for help due to the uncaring attitudes of man. A lifestyle of being environmentally conscious can be a gift for many generations to come.
“going green” is not just a phrase to be tossed around but an urgent reminder for volunteers to clean up the filth of the planet, to stop dumping trash, cut back on plastic and pesticides and eliminate the self absorbed satisfaction of carving graffiti on trees and buildings.
Not forgetting animals, much suffering can be avoided if mankind will donate to charities, sign petitions to stop cruelty and offer manual assistance where needed.
Giving is often overlooked when empathy is needed in giving comfort to others which does not require any particular level of material wealth.
Suffering is part of our existence and love and comfort can help to heal the wounds.
It is uplifting to know that many religions have special times and occasions for giving.
The followers of Hinduism buy and exchange gifts during Diwali, Muslims over the period of Eid and Jews during Purim and Hannukah.
As the 25th of December draws closer, many parents may still be at their wits end as to what to give to their children.
If all possibilities are exhausted, opening a savings account is actually a very sound idea. This in itself helps to control the “throw away” habits that exist in today’s societies, will encourage a sense of responsibility, teach the value of money and allow for the development of good saving habits when they mature.
Lastly, “Tech-kids” having the ability to access their own information online will stimulate much joy !
Matsimela supports an environment whereby products are renewable and eco-friendly. Their philosophy is strongly geared around recycling. Don’t throw your scrub or soak tubs away, rather bring them into store & refill and receive 15% off your next purchase of the same product !
Matsimela has a beautiful array of gifts over the festive season. Pop into one of our stores or shop online & spoil someone special in your life !