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Living With Charity

Charity is a multifaceted concept and one which most of us are affected by or involved in during our lives.

A lot of people will make regular payments by bank standing orders to the charity of their choice, and these are, of course, extremely important for the continuance of such organisations.

However, as we come to the end of the old year and the beginning of a new one, I would like to suggest that as well as such regular ‘impersonal’ charity payments we also are more charitable on a personal level.

On the one hand, we can be more charitable to those we encounter in our lives on a daily basis. Those for whom a word of acknowledgement or encouragement would mean so much, those who are lonely or in any other way distressed.

On the other hand, we need to be more charitable to ourselves. In our lives, we need to make time for ourselves to be able to sit for a while and just consider where we are, where we want to be and how we may best achieve the same.

As Nicholas Gordan wrote in the poem below about charity, great joy should be shared by both the giver and the receiver in the act of charity.

Charity should make the giver sing,
Happy in the undertow of sharing.
A gift should not be given out of duty,
Remiss in both its pleasure and its beauty,
Intent on rectitude, bereft of caring.
The burdens of the world may be worth bearing,
Yet gifts should still a certain lightness bring.

I like to think that every act of charity is like lighting a small candle which gives both light and warmth. Wouldn’t it be great that if 2020 saw a lot more candlelight throughout the world?

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