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I am not here to write about politics or complain about life. I am not here to discuss how or why the Syrian up-rising started or even about the number of killings happening everyday outside our “sanctuary”. I am here because I have made a choice. I choose to write and not be silent. I choose to give and not to keep.

We have observed, perhaps even cried over the killings we see happening in Syria, Palestine and places elsewhere. We have seen what people have to endure in refugee camps and streets in order to just survive. We feel compassionate, we cry and then we move on. We convince ourselves into believing that not doing anything is sometimes ok. We do not support or agree to what is happening and we already established that life is not fair. We are not the cause or the perpetrators of the actions and neither do we have uncountable riches nor power and so on. We recite these words and facts to comfort ourselves and then simply proceed with our life. We certainly have adjusted to our reality but have we been attuned to the realities of those that are around us? How often have we asked ourselves “what about them?”

Each and every one of us has something to give. What we gave once and what we gave alone may not be enough to fully help those in need. Therefore, our giving has to be unconditional to the best of our abilities. Speak and encourage others to give. Save some money in the sole purpose of giving it away. Pray to those who are less fortunate. Do something for those who can’t do anything while you can. Sitting, watching and not doing anything is not OK. When there is no limits in killings, our sense of compassion have to be limitless. When a life is being taken way, we should restore hope of a better life in others. We hold that choice, that hope. Being a human, we have a responsibility towards one another, to share the burden of one another. Let us reach that full potential of being a human by thinking of others. To accept the responsibility, more or less, acknowledge it. When you give, don’t think of what you’re losing but think of what others will be gaining, and you will find that you have gained the thing you lost twice; once in your hands and the other in your heart. Few who realize that the true happiness that everyone is looking for lies in the happiness of those around us.

If you have a hobby or a talent, take advantage of it for the case of giving and don’t make it stop at you. We often limit our abilities to materialistic things and we underestimate the power of the heart that God gave us. Your honest words and selfless actions is not for showing the world that you care but for reminding yourself that you do. A wise person once said “If you have much, give of your wealth. If you have little, give of your heart”. Be grateful for the life you have by giving and remember, giving is not limited to anything.

This is just a thought, you will read it, and you might agree or disagree but will you leave it at this page and move on or will you take with you? It’s not an obligation, it’s a choice. A choice that needs us to be committed and true to it. If not for others, do it for yourself. 

They say the choices we make define us, defines “who we are”. The choice is ours to make so why not make it?

-Nour

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