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“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” — Charles Dickens


“Service to Society: The art of giving and its impact on an individual” marked the 18th Webinar by the Strathmore University People and Culture team. Sharing their interpretation of the theme were Strathmore University staff members. James Kimeu (Executive Director – Strathmore University Foundation), Esther Muriithi (Manager – Administrative Services), Michael Babu (Project Manager – Community Service Center), and Mariam Nzangi (Manager – Housekeeping Services).

How can I become a better giver?

First, learn to give, and give freely from your heart with deep feelings of love for others. When you do so you are detached from expecting to receive anything in return. Secondly, do not hold back, when you get an opportunity to be kind to someone even with kind words, do so. You could be the light of their day, hence increasing their morale. Thirdly, remember that when you give to another, you give to yourself. For example, when you show love to another, you are loving yourself through them. Over and above that giving empowers you. For a moment in time, you can change someone’s life for a lifetime or even for that given moment, making you a game-changer in their life. Whenever we give, we are opening our space to receive.

Generosity comes from believing you have enough to share.

People who truly master the art of giving give out of the goodness of their hearts with no self-serving motives. Giving is simply defined as sharing from the heart without any expectation of something in returnWe all have something of value for another person. Do not limit yours to giving occasions only. You can treat every person you meet as someone who you can give something special to. Let us not think also that a gift is always something we purchase with our money. For example, personal acts of kindness are gifts. It is not money or material things that people need, it is the things that cannot be seen, like good advice, a kind word, an appreciation, the sharing of some special knowledge, a compliment, a helping hand, some support during a difficult time or even a smile.

The intention behind your giving is the most essential thing. When the intentions are right, they create a bountiful ripple in your life beyond what you could ever expect. When you give without any desire of getting something back, your returns will be limitless. To give something from the heart is an action which will fill your life with joy. Next time you are not sure whether to give or not to give remember the words of Lao Tsu “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in Giving Creates Love.”

This article was written by Annete Karanja.


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