Charity Is Not Only Money
The word charity raises a wide range of thoughts and interpretations.
The following article will deal with these topics:
* Interpretation of the word charity.
* The connection between investment and charity.
* Types of charity.
* Show a slightly different angle on this important subject.
Although the interpretation in Wikipedia to the word charity is: "…the act of giving money, goods or time to the unfortunate, either directly or by means of a charitable trust or other worthy cause" - it seems to be that more than everything, people interpret charity as giving money…
Here are some other interpretations of the word from the dictionary:
A. Justice, Honesty, and Sincerity.
B. Salvation, Victory.
C. Privilege, alms to the needy.
I ask you to remember these values, in order to show you that they can be
attainable by giving charity without necessarily giving money.
The Connection Between Investment And Charity
The connection between investment and charity is by the nature of your Charity / Investment, and I will explain that immediately:
We can classify (in general) our investment options to - "passive investment" and "active investment":
Passive investment: An investment where you invest your money in a trust fund that takes care of the nature of the investment.
In other words, you "forget" from the money once you gave it.
Active Investment: You specify the nature of the investment.
More importantly, you're doing a research on the investments that you find relevant (after you have learned the advantages and disadvantages).
Where it's easier to invest?
You don't have a "headache" involved in the research and finding the best investment…
Where are the reasonable chances that the investment will yield greater value?
The active investment of course.
Active investment is "tailored to your size" using specific investment channels - accordingly, it is likely to produce you greater value.
The act of charity can also be classified by "passive charity" and "active charity":
Passive charity: Charity where you give money, whether to a person or a non-profit organization.
Active charity: Charity where you are not giving money (or you don't give only money), but instead you spend some time and think about ideas that can help as well.
Where it's easier to give charity?
You do not have to preoccupy yourself with time and thinking…
Where are the reasonable chances that the charity will yield greater value for you and the person how receives it?
Active charity, no doubt.
Active charity, as opposed to passive charity – is more likely to release the person who receives it from depending on charity in general, and certainly from depending on passive charity.
Other side effects are obtaining all the values that I asked you to remember – with a higher intensity, much more than you could get with passive charity, along with a tremendous sense of satisfaction.
To emphasize the point I'd like to repeat these values once more:
Justice, Honesty, Sincerity, Salvation, Victory, Privilege, and alms to the needy.
If so, the connection between charity and investment is: they can be active or passive.
I can sum up the subject by saying: The difference could be the amount of money you invest, but more important – the difference is the amount of time and thought you put into it.
Typically, with investments and charity – the more time and thought you put into it, the more the investment / charity will yield you greater value.
So what types of charity meet the definition of "Active charity"? That's exactly the next subject.
Before I continue to elaborate on the subject, I must point out and say that all kinds of charity (active or passive) are important, admirable and sends out an important message to your surroundings.
The following types of active charity combine all the issues mentioned above.
With these types of active charity, I offer a further interpretation to the word charity, an interpretation that expands beyond connotations such as: "charity is giving money" or "charity is for the poor" etc.
The Interpretation that I propose is to help someone: help that can take him to a better place, directly or indirectly, in the long term or short term.
A good advice or an innovative idea can be a great charity to anyone - yes, it requires some thought and involves more "work" than dropping a coin...
Provide a person some "tools" to avoid / escape a financial disaster and direct him to a new road.
This charity will release this person free, instead of setting him on the same path – which might happen by giving him a coin.
The difference between the two is HUGE! Actually, the difference is very similar to treating the disease a patient has and cure him, to treating the symptom and just ease his pain…
Increasing the awareness to an important subject, becoming the voice that will tell the story of a struggling man / woman / community - for them, that may be considered as a charity with a higher value, instead of just money.
Motivate a person or a group to take action – might turn out to be a charity with enormous value!
A smile, a hug, being there just at the right moment is a charity that can not be measured in money...
These are just a few ideas of active charity, to help you exercise any of the values mentioned in this article.
Some are very easy to do, some do not require a large investment of time, and all of them will make you larger than life...
I invite you to do charity on a daily basis – it's a known fact that those who help the world, the world helps them!
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