Today’s society is plagued with a disease called homelessness. This can be a great downfall of modern society. Homelessness has been more common in most countries today. Due to this and some experiences I have encountered, I came to a realization that to give is better than to receive. Sometimes people do not fully understand a maxim or a dictum until they have a personal encounter that made them comprehend the concept fully.
About six months ago a tragic event happened to one of my relatives. My uncle and his family had become homeless. This unfortunate event affected their lives immensely. This not only affected their family but also their relative family, including myself. They struggled with everything. It came to one day where they got evicted out of their house and got their cars taken from them because they were unable to pay for it. My uncle had no job and my aunt was the only one in the household working. Life was not easy for them at all. Some say that the most common reasons people end up in homelessness is because of lack of education, poor work habits, shortage of affordability, mental illnesses, or just plain old bad luck. In their case the cause of them being homeless is still unknown and to me fell under the reason of just plain old bad luck.
Upon hearing such tragic news, my family and I took it upon ourselves to help out in every and any way possible. We helped them financially and housed them in our house for a long period of time until they could stand on their own. It took them a long time to get to that position where they could actually stand on their own and make a living for themselves, but until then we were there for them at all times. My cousins moved to the same school as me and my sisters and we helped them get used to the school and catch up on anything they needed help with. My sisters and I tried to make them feel at home. For me, this was a real eye opener because anyone can be placed in a position where they may become homeless. I also realized that giving anything you have to those in need is way much fulfilling than receiving. It gave me a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. Just simply helping my own relation made me feel good inside, regardless of the hardships we went through to make them feel at home, I felt a sense of accomplishment.
Sometimes it is important to take ourselves out of the picture for once and put others in. The world does not revolve around us. “Making a contribution to the lives of other people may help extend our own lives,” said University of Michigan psychologist. I agree with this quote because it is true. In other words, it is not what we get from relationships that make contact with others so beneficial, it is what we give. I find it a great pleasure to give than to receive, it's the 'feel good' factor that does it. You know in yourself that once you have given something to someone, how happy you have made them feel.