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What Does Giving Mean To Me?

Acts of giving can be carried out in the forms of money, possessions, part of oneself such as blood or organs but according to me, the most precious of all is our time

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Whenever I think about giving, I feel that it is a conscious act done to gift a part of one’s belongings or oneself, without any expectation of receiving anything in return. My workplace too has a publicly stated and emphasized ‘Core Value’, which resonates well with my own thoughts: ‘We are committed to our Communities’.

As individuals and teams, we use our talent to support our local communities. This is demonstrated tangibly by our behaviors such as: 

  • Acting as responsible corporate citizens
  • Working with other businesses and voluntary groups to create stronger communities
  • Giving our time to make a positive impact on social problems

Acts of giving can be carried out in the forms of money, possessions, part of oneself such as blood or organs but according to me, the most precious of all is our time. Perhaps because time itself is finite on a day-to-day basis, it is the moment we gift our time to someone, we gift them life.

In context of the society and the times that we live in, perhaps none of us need prompting to experience that we all are truly blessed. It also does not take a genius to realize that a large part of what we possess today has been due to the gifts bestowed upon us by the almighty. It is therefore upon us to feel grateful and show our gratitude by helping those less fortunate.

Actively participating in Community Programs run by my firm also nets a big advantage – one that is not apparent immediately, but which accrues over time, like compound interest! This is the opportunity to build that connects across like-minded people across departments and service lines within our firm.

In today’s age of supercharged power networking which everyone attempts, often unsuccessfully, I have observed that simple acts of spending time with colleagues amongst less privileged children and taking them on a field trip or a knowledge visit to the Museum – activities which our firm’s CSR programs also encompass and encourage, fosters long lasting camaraderie, as it is based on sincere coming together of like-minded colleagues, without any give or take expectations.

I have also believed that genuine volunteers in any good cause perform one of the greatest social service as they seek out helpful donors and channel gifts to needy recipients. It is easy to write a cheque in an air-conditioned office, the hard work is in first finding worthy causes, volunteering time and energy to channel funds and monitoring the rightful implementation of projects, for which the funds have been raised.

Once again, giving need not be only about money or material things – in fact the noblest gift to my mind, is if you are able to spend focused quality time with a troubled person, be it a patient in hospital or a student seeking your guidance in his career.

Having both the ability to help and having the inclination to do so, is perhaps the best fortune that a human being can have. So this #DaanUtsav, think about someone who needs something and how can you be of help to him or her. Do an act of giving like you really mean it, and see for yourself the joy that comes back to you.

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Hitesh Gajaria

The author is Partner and Head of Tax Discipline- KPMG India

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