Saturday, July 16, 2011

What Can You Give?

Philanthropy isn't necessarily limited to monetary contributions. In the previous post, I referenced The Power of Giving: How Giving Back Enriches Us All, and in the chapter 'What Can You Give?' lists many tangible and intangible things one person can give. I will outline and extrapolate on these items with my favorite quotations by my favorite peoples.

  • Love

      "If you can think of times in your life that you’ve treated people with extraordinary decency and love, and pure uninterested concern, just because they were valuable as human beings. The ability to do that with ourselves. To treat ourselves the way we would treat a really good, precious friend. Or a tiny child of ours that we absolutely loved more than life itself. And I think it’s probably possible to achieve that. I think part of the job we’re here for is to learn how to do it. I know that sounds a little pious." - David Foster Wallace

  • Laughter

      Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” ~Kurt Vonnegut

  • Knowledge

      “Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” -Oscar Wilde

  • Leadership

      “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” -Harry S. Truman

  • Hope

      “Hope is the thing with feathers.” Emily Dickinson

  • Life

      “Your birth is a mistake you'll spend your whole life trying to correct.” -Chuck Palaniuk

  • Time

      Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” -Carl Sandburg

  • Money

      “There is always enough for the needy but never enough for the greedy.” -Mahatma Gandhi

  • Skills

      “A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” -Larry Bird

  • Health

      “He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.” -Thomas Carlyle

  • Touch

      I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.“ Maya Angelou

  • Attention

      “Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.” -Henry David Thoreau

  • Advice

      “He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.” -Francis Bacon

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