You often say, ‘I would give,but only to the deserving.’
The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture.
They give that they may live,for to withhold is to perish.
Surely he who is worthy to receive his days and his nights is worthy of all else from you.
And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream.
And what desert greater shall there be, than that which lies in the courage and confidence,nay the charity,of receiving?
And who are you that men should rend their bosom and unveil their pride, that you may see their worth naked and their pride unbashed?
See first that you deserve better to be a giver, and an instrument of giving.
For in truth it is life that gives unto life-while you,who deem yourself a giver,are but a witness.
Excerpt taken from: ‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran