Sharing and Caring
Sharing is an act that equates to caring. This is very true in how we build and function within our social relationships. When we share, we are also imparting part and parcel of ourselves in order to signify that we are secured enough to give to others. When we share things that we have to others, we showcase a sense of humility and empathy to those in need. The simple phrase “sharing is caring” speaks in volumes for it illustrates a trait that everyone understands and that seems pleasing to all.
In the society, being able to give to others is sometimes tagged as “charity” but it is so much more than that. Being able to share is being able to understand the situation that others are in and through sharing, we are able to do more than just give; we take part in the experience of others. The social environment we are in also clearly dictates the current condition of the society which goes to show which communities share more compared to others.
As a trait and virtue, sharing can also be riddled with negative implications. Sometimes, people see sharing as merely generosity but it is much more than that. Sharing is cultivating a mutual relationship; both the one who gives and the one who receives shares but only in different ways. As individuals, learning how to share also means learning how to more efficient members of a community.
Sharing happens in different levels. To start off, it is important to understand how sharing automatically presents itself within the familial setting. In a family, sharing happens naturally because the familial bond implicates a deep sense of connection. In the family, sharing is more about emotions and values rather than material things. This strengthens the bond within the family for this highlights the value of collective understanding which is where the act and virtue of sharing is anchored on.
Aside from family, we also build social relationships through especially in significant friendships. Important friendships in our lives are all about sharing life experiences. The more we share, the stronger the bonds of friendship become. Once we share, we are able to show our full capacity to others with how we can care more about others than ourselves. In truth, sharing to more than our family and friends is the measure if we can truly share. It already takes a lot to give part of ourselves but to give this part to people that we don’t fully know takes a lot of us. In the community we are in, the act of sharing can sometimes be seen as a necessary activity but the real challenge is in knowing how to share at times that may not be convenient for us. In light of this, we should know that sharing is not about convenience or feeling better about ourselves, it’s all about being emphatic in a society that tends to selfish to many.
As an individual, it is much easier to share material things rather than intangible things like the values that we hold close to ourselves. This is why sharing would always be equated to caring; it is not a passive activity. It takes strength for many of us to share things that are dear to us. Through this, we are also able to measure how we are as members of the society, from our family to the community that we are members of. Sharing is not simply giving away things that we don’t need; rather it is a way of sharing things that we need to people who also need them because we understand them.
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