Every gift—of time, health, wealth, safety, knowledge, talent, skill, experience, opportunity, and freedom—demands something from you…
But this “demand” is no commandment and not some resentful duty.
Quite simply, this “demand” is the natural child of perspective:
… of the realization that your successes have far more to do with your privileged inheritance and good fortune than anything you’ve accomplished on your own initiative.
… of the realization that there are so many others who, through no fault of their own, are not equally blessed.
… of the realization that you can give only because you have the good fortune of having something to give.
… of the realization that we who have fared better in the lottery of life have a natural responsibility to those less fortunate.
… of the realization that the joy of receiving must be reinvested in the joy of giving.
… of the realization that it’s a privilege, not a burden, to share your time, treasure, and talents with others.
… and of the realization that you have so much more to be grateful for than to be proud of.