It is when you give of yourself that you truly give

Nov 24, 2009 2:46:00 PM / by Vu Long Tran

“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
-Kahlil Gibran

This is such a great quote! It sums up the true nature of how we can as individuals truly help those around us, and with 42 billion dollars worth of volunteering the role of all volunteers is important and is not something to overlook.

Now this was quoted at a YMCA volunteer training camp which also pointed out that in helping others,

"one should look at helping someone on their journey rather than satisfying one's own curosity"

which is quite often the common and instinctive human thing to do. Although it is often the small kind words of advice or encouragement that is all that is needed to help someone with the decisions and choices that they may face in life.

Of course, we don't want to make decisions for people, but it can help open up thoughts and options that they may not have realised themselves and that you have prompted. If not immediately, then perhaps it may come to them in the future, just as that little piece of advice given to me, i.e. 'to make something of myself!' has so affected my outlook and view of life!


Vu Long Tran

Written by Vu Long Tran

Solutions Engineer APAC. ex-@Forrester consultant. Writing on #cloud #howto guides and #tech tinkering!