I was looking beyond the horizon and my mind was searching even beyond that. For the meaning of giving. I was reminded of one incident in my life made me realize the art of giving. Since then, I have at least been trying to become more understanding, more giving. I won't say I have succeeded, given my inherent habit of being the demanding person that I was and am. Nevertheless, I try. In the hope that someday, I will succeed.
It was a phase of life when I was distraught. In a trance. Not knowing what I was doing and even when I knew, I couldn't judge if it was right. Some force just dragged me along and let's say I was lost. Yeah! Totally lost would describe the person who was me. None in my life stood beside me. Some judged me and left me. Some thought I am crazy and avoided me. Some misunderstood me and spread rumors of their own creation. But, one soul stood beside, getting hurt all the way. Receiving hurls of disgrace that I threw, gracefully. Knowing fully well, in my right state of mind I would not be doing it. That, I consider as my encounter with the art of giving. Giving your full understanding even when the person is fully on the wrong side of judgement.
What I said above is just an example from my life. Many of us have been in a situation or seen people in a situation when a person loses his/her sense and get lost in a whirl of emotions or wrong decisions. For some reason, that they even don't know. Confused and lost is what they experience at such situations. They would want something that is not theirs and at the same time, deep down they would also know that what they are doing is sin. They would hurt a lot of people in doing what they want. At such times, what people need is support, understanding and care. Unconditionally. Yeah, they will hurt you when you try to do all these. Still, unwavering support is the only cure for them. To say right, you have to understand they are in a state close to possessed. Possessed by their own share of evil mind.
Giving to such persons is a divine gesture. Because, they would not know your worth. But, you are the life saver and they will realize that in the future. We gift our beloveds with a lot of things along the lane of life, but most importantly we must gift them with our understanding and unwavering support. Just think about it, to know that you got a person who would never let go of your hand even if you let go. How treasured the feeling is. If you have ever been on the receiving end of such a divine gift, you would know. And if you get a chance to bestow anyone with this kind of giving, gifting your support, please do. It would be painful for you, but it would be worth it.
Whenever I read the conversation between Dumbledore and Snape, when Dumbledore asks "After all these days? and Snape replies "Always", I just feel that in that one word, J.K.Rowling has summarized every form of giving. It is something beyond love. To give your life and much more than that to a person whom you absolutely loathe except for the eyes which reminds you of your soul. It is simply astounding. I wouldn't call it just love. Lending your ear during a difficult time, giving your shoulder for another's tears are all good. Even life-changing. But, what matters is if you will do it over and over again, if needed. If you will, then I know God exists. For me, I have known such a soul and I am trying to master the art of giving unwavering, unconditional support/understanding or whatever it takes to be the better person who you can be.
P.S: This might not be exactly what you people were looking for the discussion and might be a little abstract. But, I wrote what the art of giving meant to me. Hope you will understand.