by: Lolemeir C. Egos
Every person has an innate virtue of generosity. The emotional impacts however, vary depending on the passions and values of a giver in a particular charitable act which determine the intensity of the influence and the quality of an act. It is empirical to align ones inspiration and charitable motivations in order to not simply take-part in a mission, but to get- involve in the milestone where compelling reasons to sustain the act advance.
The role of emotion is very critical in making decisions in any field. In the context of “giving”, emotional responses and how those responses affect our giving decision must be thoroughly examined for us to become a cheerful giver and to fuel our inspiration to carry on the act of sharing our material possessions, time, capabilities and experiences. Emotions can both engender giving and thwart it. Once pro-giving emotions are elicited, the giver’s compelling reasons become intense so as to resist emotions that hinder rational decisions about giving. This is where most givers fail. It’s the common ground of an inconsistent involvement in a charitable works. Instead of developing emotional reasons, some givers tend to develop logical justifications thus end-up in just “taking-part” instead of “getting-involve”.
Our old school of charity adopts the concept of donations where linear relationship of “giver-receiver” is vividly delineated. The donor’s capacity to give gauged the motivation of taking- part in a mission. In effect, emotional impact or level of satisfaction on the part of the donor can be momentary in nature in a sense that charitable act becomes lump sum or one-shut deal which may distort the inspiration to participate in attaining the desired outcome.
As the science of giving evolves, philanthropies now becomes active and get-involve in the cycle of “giving-receiving” concept of charity. The act of charity is and must be conceived as a cycle or continuing process of sharing what you have and taking what you deserve. A propelling inspiration of the giver would consistently sustain the acts of charity as emotional satisfactions being achieved along the realization of the end-goals and impacts to the society. Giver may have equal desire to help but the inspiration of doing the act varies in the actual engagement.
Hence, the next time you do a charitable act, keep an en-kindling inspiration to give. Sustain that inspiration as you actively engage in the process of sharing and receiving. In so doing, emotional satisfaction is guaranteed for a life worth living!