They say that life has its up and down but some of these issues remain unresolved. We humans are fond of saying life is not fair forgetting the fact that we are the architect of our misfortunes.
This calls to mind the trending video which surfaced on the social media on Thursday, 13th of January, 2022, where a hawker selling water distributed some cash to the occupants of a Nigerian Correctional Service bus in Lagos traffic and was caught through a camera but unknown to the hawker.
In the video, with his crate of water on his head, he passed cash to at least three occupants of the bus. Perhaps, he might have been in their shoes before but truth must be told, that exactly, is what is called humanity spirit and positive regard.
The act at which he gave and the look on his face was so touching. He rendered help where he knew he would never receive it back without the intention of publicizing, unlike many Nigerians that take camera along while rendering help.
I have seen at different occasions, where most Nigerians in their ‘make-dem-see-me’ attitude of giving, go to motherless homes, hospitals, IDP camps among other places with photographers to take their pictures during the process, not for future references but social media consumption.
Well, many have argued that for personal purpose, you don’t need the camera but for an organisation, it is needed for record keeping, documentation, spread awareness on the cause being tackled and to keep sponsors, donor’s and supporters updated on the places covered and the impact of the outreach.
Prophet Israel Oladele Ogundipe once said: “A true Christian should see giving as an assignment from God; When you give, it should be done diligently with simplicity, humility, sincerity and cheerfulness of heart.
“Giving adds meaning to our life and fills it with love. By giving to others we make a positive impact on our society and make the world a better place to live. Giving has a win win situation. You help someone else and at the same time you make yourself feel better”, he stressed.
We all want to be agents of change. Despite the overwhelming negativity in the news, I truly believe that we all desire to raise one another up. Sometimes, we fail to act simply because we do not know what to do or for whom to do it. In truth, we all have opportunities to touch others’ lives every day. We can do the hands-on work of volunteering at a food bank or homeless shelter, or we can financially support a charity of our choice.
Whatever amount of money or time we have to us, we can find opportunities to begin to change the world around us. Even the smallest act makes a positive impact.
By making the practice of giving part of your life, you’ll discover a sense of contentment and self-worth that may have been missing in your life before. As
St. Francis of Assisi said, “For it is in giving that we receive”.
Notwithstanding, it is high time Nigerians never use giving as a tactic of getting things in return or feel like someone owes us something.