The Cost Intensifies the
Beauty of The Sacrifice
I was on a long walk a
few weeks back and this thought came to mind as I was meditating. "The
outer reaches of helping people in need, at times involves being hurt".
What I mean is this; when you truly desire to help people and it is an
intrinsic inspiration, you have to 'joyfully' be prepared to be hurt or
We are quite fortunate
as a micro-finance charity to have a loan repayment rate around the 90
percent mark. Five percent of our bad loans happen because women are in
such dire straights that they cannot repay their loans, the other 5
percent are people who take advantage of us and never intended to repay
in the first place.
I must confess that in
the early days of our work this really bothered me, but to a much lesser
degree today. Why? Because of the words a wise man once shared with me,
"you don't know real charity until you have been taken advantage of on a
number of occasions.
I think what both
statements are asserting is this: "Real Helping" demands putting
ourselves out there, allowing our personal lives to be invaded, allowing
our personal lines of comfort to be moved.
Yes, the invasion comes
at a premium price, don't most inspiring stories of sacrifice that we
read? What great things have you accomplished in your life that
haven't involved a premium price? Think about it!
A couple of thoughts for you today:
How are you serving others?
How are you interpreting the cost or sacrifice?
Do you need to do some reframing?
am convinced the longer I live, that the richest lives are those that
involve personal sacrifice and that the cost intensifies the beauty of