Have You Given Back?

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The Christmas season recently drew to a close with tons of leftovers and parties. The Straits Times in Singapore recently reported about 20-30% increase in food wastage during the festive season, so much so that additional waste trucks have to be deployed to take away the waste.

Christmas is a lot of things to alot of people. In the midst of giving and receiving, my question is “Do we give enough back to the society?”

Recently, I had the privilege of taking part in a carolling night where a large bunch of friends went to a shelter for the homeless to bring some joy, games and food to them. It was a simple act, but to see children and their moms screaming when playing games, singing along with you in the songs and being extremely happy when they receive gifts and glow-in-the-dark luminous sticks, you can’t help but be very happy that you have given them something that most people yearn for: joy and happiness.

My purpose of this post is to encourage you to give back to society. Dedicate a day or two to serve the needs of the less fortunate than you. Choose to esteem them better than yourselves and treat them like kings and queens. I sincerely believe that if we take time to give and not focus on ourselves all the time, we start to see how precious is each and every person. That’s where we start living.

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity – Martin Luther King, Jr.