A Life of Giving

I’d never forget the smell of hibitaine and scrambled eggs which filled my nostrils as my eyes caught the big brown youthful eyes of the patient during the 7am ward rounds. His temporal muscles showed severe wasting and two arms (what looked like a 10 year old boy’s) sandwiched a bony thorax. I literally saw the life drained from him with every attempted breath he took. My vision started blurring as Genesis 3:19 rang in my ears; “…for you were made from dust and to dust you will return.” And to dust he did return…

I never cease to think; What if someone gave this patient the gift he needed most, the one gift that could grant him a second chance to live his dreams? I never cease to think; what could I have done to bring light to his short-lived-life? The thought of giving is usually accompanied by the thought of having less – this is the wrong mind-set. The gifts that make the difference are the ones that are for free;

1. A smile

“None so rich that they can live without it and none so poor that they are richer for it benefits.” I’ve heard and can confirm that emotions follow actions. A smile is followed by a feeling of cheerfulness. By smiling you indirectly give someone else the permission to smile and feel blissful as well. Pay-it(the smile)-forward.

2. Listening

Listening is seen as one of the highest compliments you can pay anyone. Listening to and showing a sincere interest in someone else’s life is as big a gift as it is a compliment.

3. Appreciation

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated” – William James

4. Mentorship

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it.” – Wilfred Peterson. Sharing your wisdom and experiences with others help them grow and learn from the mistakes you already made.

5. Organ donation

This is something that can bring light to any individual or family in distress, yet the subject (how to become an organ donor) is still lingering in the dark. By being an organ donor, you can save seven lives. The best gift to give someone is definitely the gift of life.

“…For (we) were made from dust and to dust (we) will return.” But before we’re done and dusted, let’s make others our concern. Let’s live a life of giving, and increase the standard of living.