They say that charity begins at home. I agree. I’m not talking about the “giving money to the poor” or “helping those less fortunate” kind of charity (though it is important). The charity I’m talking about is the virtue, the character. Charity is defined as a love of humankind; a kindness and tolerance in judging others In this context, try not to see judging others as a negative thing, rather see it as the simple task of coming to conclusion about someone.
The reason why I’m writing about this is because I feel like charity is that present in the world. I can’t say compared to before because I don’t know but the hurt that people are causing each other these days is strong evidence for lack of its presence. This is apparent in friendships; work relationships and even on larger scales such as between cultures and social statuses.
I talk about personal reflection a lot, I know, but only because 1) It’s important and 2) I can personally say that it is beneficial. I believe I have grown so much since I started reflecting regularly and I have a right to say that because in my reflections I have observed my growth and I intend to keep growing! Reflection shouldn’t be a tool to criticise yourself or obsess over things you have done wrong but it should be used as a tool to better yourself (there is always room for improvement). Maybe in a future post I’ll go into detail but for the purpose of this post these are the questions I’d like you to ask yourself are: How was your interaction with X? Were you your honest self with them? Did you allow them to be themselves? Or did your interaction with them change after they failed to meet the expectations you set for them without considering who they were? Did you see them for who they were rather than the person you wanted them to be?
Charity can be more than just an altruistic action but if we perfect the art of manifesting selflessness more (myself included) then there’d be a lot less unintentional and intentional hurt in the world. Positive behaviour is rarely promoted within society today, we praise people for being petty and videos of poor behaviour can go viral in just days. However, when it comes to treating people with respect; acknowledging personal differences and the importance of getting to know people is hardly ever touched on and when it is it’s lost in a sea of drama…
And then we wonder why the world is the way it is?
It’s not possible to get on with everyone, unfortunately, the beauty of character and personality comes with a downside but I’m telling you a little bit of charity goes a long way… Consider this in the next interaction that you have with someone. Do your bit to change the world.