To quote the KJV Bible in Acts 20:35, Jesus Christ said: "It is more blessed to give than to receive." To quote John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address of 1961' "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." One more quote made famous by Albert Einstein, "The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable receiving." These three men didn't share a whole lot in common. Their passions, interest, and personal lives were all different, but they all seamed to understand one universal truth. Giving anything to anyone, is much better that waiting to receive. It's much better because its positive, it helps others, and something magical happens to the giver... they are in turn blessed back. I am sharing this with you guys on my "Tuesdays with Eli" for a couple reasons. One, I'm seeing first hand right now in my life how this basic principle works. Two, I'm hearing the stories first hand of my friends and family that are also working this principle, and three, I hope that this blog post might inspire someone to do the same. With all of that said, I am young and naive to a lot of things in this world. Yes, I did just read a couple books recently that jazzed me up and made me think that it is that easy. But, I'm just telling you from what I am experiencing, that this stuff does work wonders.
I am going to be taking part in Help-Portrait on December 12th. I encourage all other photographer to check it out too and help spread the word. I can't wait. This will be a wonderful way for us as photographers to give back. Thanks to ML Baxley for first sharing this link with me.