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Charity begins at home


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Charity is a noble sentiment and a wonderful cause to take part in, but occasionally we must pause to take a look at whether or not it is costing us too much in time, labor, and assets. As much as we would like to share with others, we must also make sure that we have enough of what we’re sharing for ourselves. It is all fine and good to give the shirt off your back  or your last dollar to someone who has none as long as you have a way to adequately cover yourself and acquire what you need for survival or all you are doing is trading one person in need for another. If you give someone food enough to keep them and their loved ones going, will you have enough for you and your loved ones? If you ‘lend’ someone money will you have enough to pay your bills? If you volunteer, will you have enough time to spend with your loved ones – and yourself? The urge to give is a strong one in most people, but must be judiciously applied or no one will benefit and some will suffer the adverse effects of thoughtless giving. When one gives without carefully thinking about it the spirit of the giving is lost; good thoughts must accompany good deeds to have any real meaning. Shouldn’t you be thoughtful and giving at home before carelessly throwing charity elsewhere?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

4 thoughts on “Charity begins at home

  1. ditto, you owe your family first, to neglect your family to offer charity to another is cruel and unjust, Iknow of a case where someone was helping a needy friend which entailed having them live with them, and he spent so much time and money on helping his friend he neglected his wifes needs and she ended up leaving him he allowed his compassion and love for his friend dampen his love for his wife and created a serious burden on her and lack of privacy that it entailed. unloving. people will sometimes abuse charity too.

  2. Yes, take care of yourself first, then your family. Take care of your family first, then others. BTW, this photo of the raccoon taking your snack is hilarious!!

    • Yes, exactly. You can’t help others unless you’ve got your own house in order.
      I didn’t think that raccoon was funny at first, then I just had to laugh – he was so much like a little kid.

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