My Favorite Book and the Concept of Giving1:58 AM
I have always loved reading. I read books, magazines, newspapers, wrappers, flyers, and any printed material that I can get my hands on. I believe this love for reading has served me in good stead especially now that I am regularly writing.
My all-time favorite book is "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. It is categorized as an inspirational children's book but its message is not bounded in any way by age. I can read it over and over and get affected by the story in the same intensity as when I first read it.
It is a very simple book and for that I love it more. I have read it to my children and hope that they get its message of the gift of giving. Its message is so tenderly put forward to the reader that one will find it impossible not to go with the flow.
"Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy."
The first line to the last takes us to a complete journey of giving genuine love and acceptance of what others can give in return. The use of the tree as the giver is truly representative of one person who is willing to give everything from the coolness of its shade down to its last stump for rest and comfort.
The act of giving is expected from people who have more than what they need in life. However, those who have just enough or less can give according to their capacity. It is such a wonder how so many people who have less in life have more capacity to give.
That said, we cannot say that we truly love unless we are able to give without counting and without waiting for anything in return. Even then, there is nothing to stop the recipient from showing appreciation and gratitude. The concept of giving is not based on the expectation of reciprocation but it really wouldn't hurt to give back when able.