"A Gift" - a touching poem by Mahatma Gandhi which is still incredibly current

by Shirley Marie Bradby

March 06, 2019

"A Gift" - a touching poem by Mahatma Gandhi which is still incredibly current

Sharing is something most of us do, every day from sharing a nice photo with the group of friends, a thought on social media, some news just released, or the recipe for a freshly baked cake with a close family member. 

Sharing is something that enriches human relationships, but does what we share today really enrich us profoundly? Maybe not. It is important to share other things, such as feelings with your loved one, a word of courage with those who do not have it and to give a hand to those who need it. 

Gandhi was very aware of the incredible power that comes from sharing between human beings. And in regard to this theme, Gandhi wrote a very touching poem; here it is.

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"A Gift"

Take a smile,

give it those who have never had one.

Take a sunbeam,
let it fly to where the night reigns.

Discover a source of water,
and let those bathe who live in the mud.

Take a tear, place it on the face of those who never cry.

Take courage,
put it in the soul of those who do not know how to fight.

Discover life,
talk about it to those who do not understand it.

Take hope,
and live in its light.

Take goodness,
and gift it to those who don't know how to give.

Discover love,
and transmit it to the world.

This is what we should share in addition to photos today. Let's take full advantage of what can come from compassionate collaboration between human beings!