Most of us are brought up on the general principles of generosity and kindness. Why, then, do we seek to acquire material things and then horde them as though there were not enough to go around? We keep our money, time, love, skills, and much else to ourselves when it can so easily be shared.
Truth is, these are the greatest gifts that can be given. Nothing store-bought could possibly replace the time and love given from one human being to another. These gifts make impressions on people that last a lifetime. We often waste time with work, TV, computers and other solo activities that could be put aside and not be missed. These things in many ways can cause stress and lead us to forget about the basic principles we were brought up on.
When stress and the everyday world consume our thoughts and actions, it's important to take a step back and think about who we really are and the type of person we want to be. We all have the ability to give the gift of compassion to others. Share yourself and your true feelings and act how you truly desire to be, and you will be giving the greatest gift of all.
More importantly, give freely, and never give just so you can get back, as giving is unconditional. It is important to remember that every relationship in our lives requires giving in some way or another.
When it comes to giving back to those less fortunate, true gifts are often not even expected. Unexpected giving can bring the greatest joy. Everyone goes through tough times, and not everyone can get through those times as easily as the next person. Imagine if everyone received an unexpected helping hand right when they were at a low point in their lives. This is when giving has its greatest impact, both for the giver and for the receiver. The next time you find yourself on top of your game, think about helping someone else "just because." It may be the one thing they need to get their life back on track.
Reach within yourself, think about the legacy you want to leave behind, and act according to your beliefs and what is important to you. Looking back on yourself later in life, you want to remember yourself as being true to who you are, someone who helped others when they were in need. It could come back to you some day.