There was once a man who was very rich and very miserly at the same time. The villagers disliked him intensely.
One day he said to them,
“Either you’re jealous of me or you don’t understand my love of money. God alone knows. When I die, I won’t take anything with me. I will leave it all for others. I will make a will, and give everything to charity.”
Even then, people mocked and laughed at him.
The rich man said to them, “What is the matter with you? Can’t you wait a few years to see my money go to charity?” The villagers didn’t believe him.
He said, “Do you think I’m immortal? I’ll die like everyone else, and then my money will go to charities.” He couldn’t understand why they didn’t believe him.
One day he went for a walk. All of a sudden it started raining heavily, so he took shelter under a tree.
Under this tree he saw a pig and a cow. The pig and the cow entered into conversation, and the man overheard what they were saying.
The pig said to the cow, “How is it that everybody appreciates you and nobody appreciates me? When I die, I provide people with bacon, ham and sausage. People can also use my bristles. I give three or four things, whereas you give only one thing: milk. Why do people appreciate you all the time and not me?”
The cow said to the pig, “Look, I give them milk while I’m alive. They see that I am generous with what I have. But you don’t give them anything while you’re alive. Only after you’re dead do you give ham, bacon and so forth. People don’t believe in the future; they believe in the present. If you give while you are alive, people will appreciate you. It is quite simple.”
From that moment on, the enlightened rich man who understood the art of joyful giving, gave all that he had to the poor and felt very happy.
Many people cling to things. Also there are many, who lovingly share what they have. “You give but little when you give of your possessions, it is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value. Also it’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
Remember, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give!”