Donation is a part of many lives, but our selfish motives often
complicate the subject. In its rudimentary form, donation is a simple
act of selfless service, whether we sacrifice our time or material
possessions. However, those intentions can be difficult to achieve,
remember, and maintain; our personal desires and illusions very easily
plague the genuine experience of our charity. The history of mankind
has seen several great beings who have tirelessly dedicated their
lives for others but for us, that seems like a daunting task. To
understand the reasons for this, we must first examine the subtleties
of our motives.
Why do we give? If the answer to this question isn't clear, the
conviction to donate time or money will eventually wither. Some
people give because of guilt; they contribute what it takes to avoid
internal conflicts. Some others join charities because they are
tired of every-day activities and need a change; when these people
donate their time their focus remains on pleasing the self. And yet
others want to experience the feeling of accomplishment and power when
they give to others; their ego rises a lot higher than their charity.
Some of the motives behind our contributions may not be apparent but
in the end, these defiled motives are what tire us, require change in
activities, and constantly demand "better" reasons for our actions.
If we eradicate these selfish motives and truly give for the sake of
giving, each action will pose its own reward. Instead of looking for
reasons to continue our donations, we will be renewed with vigor at
every step of the way; in a unique way, we will be better able to
understand ourselves when we understand others. In looking at people
who have been thoroughly devoted to the happiness of others, we see a
certain strength of character and an unshakable resolve. When we
meditate and see the futility of our selfishness, we, too, develop
our determination and learn that it is in giving that we truly receive.