“Be willing to share your blessings. The only riches that last are the ones that are given away.” – David Khalil.
We all know that generally speaking sharing is the right thing to do but it isn’t always an easy thing to do. The world has programmed us to be rather selfish beings. Subliminal messages of self-preservation, self-satisfaction, self-confidence, self-reliance, self-gratification, etc. are all around us. We are trained to always put ourselves first. I’m not saying this is entirely wrong, there are definitely times when we should put ourselves first but what we need is a good balance between self and selfless.
If we focus solely on “self” we lose that balance which will result in selfish behaviour. Complete self-focus makes us oblivious to the needs of others. In other words our own needs and wants take absolute precedence rendering us unable to share. More than likely leading to us becoming self-centred, proud, greedy, lonely and bitter. Being considerate does not require one to neglect one’s own needs but rather it is the ability to acknowledge the needs of others.
When we are considerate of others sharing not only becomes possible but it becomes rewarding. By opening our eyes to someone else’s need, we are not pretending we have no need of our own, instead we are recognizing that through an act of sharing, both needs can be met. Sharing your sandwich with a hungry friend might not end in two full stomachs, but it would certainly ensure that neither is left empty.
So, through being considerate of others sharing goes from being an act of sacrifice to an act of service. Without being considerate of others sharing is more often than not done begrudgingly, perhaps to save face or out of a sense of obligation. I consider such sharing to not be sharing at all. It could maybe be considered as giving or the letting go of something but true sharing requires right motives. When the motivation of our heart is right we can give freely, in love, not expecting anything in return. The scripture 2 Corinthians 9 verse 7 puts it perfectly, “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
When we share what we have we not only acknowledge the other person’s needs or wants but also show that we care. As the saying goes, “Sharing is caring!” Heartfelt, genuine sharing requires us to be considerate. If we as adults find sharing to be challenging we need to realize that it is even more so for children. I suggest that we begin by teaching our children to be considerate of others. I believe being considerate is the key. Being considerate of others is what opens up the door of our heart so we can share joyfully, and in so doing, we find ourselves feeling humbled, fulfilled and happy. Sharing is indeed a gift, both to the receiver and the giver.
“The habit of being uniformly considerate toward others will bring to you increased happiness.” – Grenville Kleiser.
I wrote the ‘Wally gets a tummy ache!’ book to help children understand the dangers of being greedy and the importance of sharing. The story also encourages children to always ask before taking something. The adorable Wally the warthog character, along with spectacular, full-colour illustrations by Dana Espag and Tanja Dunstan really bring the story to life. An entertaining and encouraging story that will benefit children of all ages.
If you have read this story please be kind enough to leave a review. If not, you can order the ‘Wally gets a tummy ache!’ book from Amazon and various other leading online retailers. I hope this story will inspire little ones to be kind and considerate, as well as help them to remember that sharing is caring. Happy reading!
“We are not cisterns made for hoarding, we are channels made for sharing.” – Billy Graham.
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