It's part of the Yin and Yang of life, I suppose.
Some people take. Some people give.
Over the weekend, my family and I, like millions of others,
participated in the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise funds and
awareness for ALS, aka "Lou Gehrig's Disease". It has gone "viral"
on social media and millions of dollars have been raised through
the effort. It was a fun thing to do, and we made a donation.
I just saw an online survey that revealed almost 50%
of people said that they would never do something
like that. I'm sure they have their reasons. Maybe they think it
would be embarrassing. Maybe they don't want to be cold
and wet for a few seconds. Maybe they don't have the money to
The bothersome thing to me is that some of them won't
because they just don't care. About ALS patients. Or about
anything. You know, the "What's in it for me?" folks.
These are the Takers.
There are all kinds of ways to give.
You can give financial support to great causes. You can give
your time as a volunteer. You can give your wisdom in a
mentoring role. You can give a kind word or deed when and
where it's needed.
Takers do none of that.
It took me a long time to realize the truth in the saying, "It is
better to give than to receive." I've found that it feels better too.
Danny Thomas famously said, "There are two kinds of people in
the world. Givers and Takers. The Takers may eat better, but the
Givers sleep better..."
And I enjoy my sleep.