I'm naturally a giver. But I don't take credit for it. It's not something I had to work at, it came naturally. It was imparted to me -- my legacy from my parents. I was pre-programmed to attend to the needs of others and do what I can to make them feel as good as possible.
In a circle of UCLA undergraduate scholars, we held a lively discussion about mice brains in lab research. Aside from the gory mouse termination details, I was fascinated by the array of research topics.
It all started with one simple post. Last August, New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin offered to give away two copies of her new book, Where We Belong, on Facebook to people who could not afford the $15 cost.
When we appreciate the beauty of kindness, it takes us out of such self-centeredness; it enables us to let go of self-centeredness and to freely reach out to each other. We can both give and receive. Such egoless moments are exquisite!
What if today we realized what great potential is held in that dollar, that bright idea or that spare half-hour -- that talent we carry around -- and what if today we harnessed that potential to do something good?