At the turn of the last century, Sir John Lubbock wrote: “To do something, however small, to make others happier and better, is the highest and most elevating way to inspire the human spirit”. Everyone desires happiness, and the world needs more of it; perhaps it should be a worldwide cause like hunger or global warming. But what if the simple concept of giving could bring about all the happiness we need and enough to share with everyone?
It is a strong belief of my own that giving should really be called “receiving” because the elemental act of giving returns many pleasant rewards to the giver. In fact, it might be said that there is not a more self-serving act than a liberal manifestation of generosity. Why? Because an act of generosity helps to make the world a better place, and this alone is a gratifying notion. Seeing the happiness generosity creates in the recipients is another positive reinforcement – a big return for a small investment. And it is true that no good deed goes un-rewarded, even when the reward is intangible. So we can conclude that giving is a targeted, reliable formula that pays mammoth dividends.
It is easy to get sidetracked with the idea of “gift” vs. “giving”. What you give to someone might not be easy to see or might not be wrapped in pretty ribbon. But a gift from the heart – that bottomless fountain that replenishes itself – is the important thing. We can find opportunities for selfless giving everywhere; it is not at all difficult to find a chance to give our time, our talents, our encouragement, our caring touch, words of support or a warm hug. These simple ways of giving are as important as giving money to a worthy cause. They bring the same joy to the heart and give back the same sense of satisfaction and balance. Milton Hershey, founder of the great chocolate empire, said, “One is only happy in proportion to the happiness he creates in others.”
The many generous donations we’ve received have helped us help so many. The altruistic generosity of skilled doctors who perform complicated, life-saving surgeries at no cost have given us examples to admire and emulate but most importantly, they have allowed us to stretch our Foundation dollars to do even more to help the most vulnerable members of our society – those who need life saving care but have to way to pay for that care. There are no words to thank these wonderful people.
We cannot forget those who work with us in a “missionary” capacity. These kind folks reach out with their hearts and hands, dedicating major time and effort to comforting those in the most desperate need, both at home and abroad, then bringing these cases to the attention of our Foundation where they can find the medical help they need. The need for lay missionaries is particularly acute because they penetrate the poorest countries where the most basic medical care is often not available. In this Article, you will learn about one such person, whose missionary zeal has brought her much inner happiness through giving to others and making positive changes in the world.
I wish to reinforce the Foundation’s policy that every penny raised goes to support the cases we take on. This is a rare commitment in the non-profit sector and one of which we are tremendously proud. I wish health, prosperity, and especially happiness to all.
GOD BLESS YOU.
A. Raymond Tye