In the modern world, it can become all too easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget about the people around us. As good citizens, we try to care for those close to us, but how often do you stop to think about your own impact on the people around you?
Of course, from a young age, we are taught about the importance of kindness and compassion, learning to care for our family and friends throughout life. But while we make time for our close family, partners and children, we often forget to make time for the people who are most in need of our generosity.
Whether it is the elderly or vulnerable close to home within our own community or those in need across the world, there are many that are in need of support in order to flourish. Many people say that charity begins at home, but once we are happy and content with our day-to-day life, shouldn’t we focus on doing our bit to share our good fortune with others who need our help and support?
The Rise of Technology
Thanks to the rise of technology and the Western world’s increasing reliance upon mobile phones and the internet, we rarely get peace to reflect. Indeed, face-to-face interaction is being overtaken by phone calls and texts, messages and social media. Of course, it is undeniable that technology is a great achievement and one which can provide many benefits, but when we allow it to dictate our lives, this can easily become problematic.
How often do you spend online or on your phone in a typical day? For some, the figure is likely to be much higher than others, but this is a worrying trend that predicts the rise of technology and the decline of the traditional family gathering or catch up with friends. So, how can you do some good and escape the trappings of the online world?
There are many benefits to taking some quiet time out and allowing yourself the ability to switch off from technology for a while. Whether it is spending time together as a family or just using an evening to reflect, it is these periods of downtime which help us find peace and feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
Nowadays, there can be so much negativity in the world that we often find ourselves in need of a break from it all. By allowing ourselves the time that we need, we can then work towards being the best that we can be for those around us. After all, when you feel good, it shows. Generosity, care, compassion and empathy are all positive traits which are much easier to work towards when the day itself seems brighter.
In fact, keeping a positive attitude and outlook on life can make even the worst days seem better. Even if you are having a bad day and things just aren’t going your way, there are always reasons to count yourself lucky and feel blessed for what you have got. With your family and friends, you are surrounded by love and people who care.
In Islam, followers are encouraged to share their wealth, good fortune and generosity with others. This practice is known as donating Sadaqah or Zakat.
Volunteering your time for a good cause or simply supporting your community, when we all join together, we truly have the power to make the world a brighter place.
Some may say that compassion and generosity are learned traits, but in truth, they are deeds which come from the heart.