We Make A Life By What We Give

I believe you once came across these words: “be the reason someone smiles today”. These are the simple, yet powerful words I heard many times before, but their value was again, impressed on my consciousness this past Monday.

I was invited as a keynote speaker at the JB Marks Education Trust to inspire graduates as they transition to the world of work. The Trust’s mission is to contribute towards the educational funding of students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa.

The work done by the JB Marks Education Trust and many other such formations should be applauded.

I was fascinated by the smiles of the young people of our country and asked myself, “what could have happened to these beautiful souls had no one met them half way and taken bold and visionary step to brighten their future?”.

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This gesture reminded me of the words by Winston Churchill when he said:

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”

Imagine what the world would be like if we prioritised giving above taking. As the world becomes a better place because of your small gesture, it becomes good for you too. I don’t know about you, personally I believe that impacting someone else’s life is priceless.

One beneficiary narrated a story of how he nearly committed suicide after finishing high school.

He had no hope of advancing further because of financial challenges in his family. His dignity and life were restored because of this act of kindness to support his quest for education.

Today, he has opened his own business and provide solutions to the socio-economic challenges faced by many in this country. I want to believe that this gentleman is not alone. There are many like him out there who were given a second chance and today they add value to others in remarkable ways.

Today, families find themselves in better positions than they could have imagined. Their dignity as the nucleus of society is restored.

It is not only individuals and their families that benefit, the economy as a whole advances and the country becomes a better place.

I believe we can become extraordinary as a society if we could suspend our frame of reference, put ourselves in others’ shoes and make the world a better place.

Martin Luther King Jr has left us with a question to ponder:

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”

I am also asking, does contributing to others form part of your wheel of life?

Tex Hlalele

Think Big, Dream Wild & Prosper 

Tex Hlalele is a life and business coach and inspirational speaker. He is the author of the book, Face The Person In The Mirror. Book coaching and speaking engagements at http://bit.ly/2lViYZS

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