Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Be a Giver, not a Taker - Swabhi Parmar

Courtesy: www.medium.com
Though it’s easier to be a taker than a giver, giving is far more gratifying than taking. Because we were meant to be creators – like the Divine architect in whose image we are created. We are charged with the responsibility to initiate, be proactive, build, and change the world in which we live. That is why we are inherently wired to be givers, not takers. And that is why we feel more fulfilled and accomplished when we give. We primarily take (more than giving) in our early years, as we are provided for by our parents. But that is only in our formative years, when we are being trained and educated, preparing and shaping us to become true givers. It is like a student who must first absorb the wisdom of his teachers before he becomes a teacher himself (and even as you become a teacher and giver yourself, you always remain a student).

Happiness lies in the domain of givers, not takers. Takers are people who, when working with others, try to get as much out of that interaction for their benefit and give back as little as they can in return. In their view, this is the quickest way to success. On the other hand, Givers go out their way to help others either by mentoring, sharing their insights, or lending a hand when possible without seeking anything in return. 

Swabhi Parmar
The Fabindia School 
spr@fabindiaschools.in

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