“To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind - this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for." – Henry Van Dyke

What is all the money in the world worth if it doesn’t serve the good of mankind?
Money was created as a means to an end, not the end in itself. Money is a medium of exchange whether it takes the form of paper bills, precious metals or some other type that has not been conceived yet. It is an abundant resource, yet many people think that there is a shortage of money. They believe that there’s not enough to go around, and so they fearfully try to hold on to the little bit that’s theirs.

True financial freedom comes from realizing that we can’t hope to hold on tightly to money in order to keep it. Ironically, it’s when we learn to let it go that we become aware of its abundance in our lives.

Giving Back
There is a universal law that says the more you give, the more you will receive. However, this doesn’t mean that we should give with the intention of getting something back in return, like praise or recognition. The concept of giving back is about being grateful for all the money that we have been blessed with (whether a little or a lot), knowing that we each have an obligation to share our blessings with the less fortunate. We are affirming that we know there will be enough money left to meet our needs. Feeling free to give back will ultimately perpetuate abundance in our lives.

The 10% Rule
How can you incorporate a spirit of contribution to enhance your Journey to Financial Freedom? One way is to automatically set aside a portion of all the money that you receive, to be given away. Tithing is a contribution 10% of your income, a concept that is deeply rooted in biblical times, when 10% of the earth’s produce was to be set aside to be consecrated to God.  You can choose to donate to your church, favourite charity or to persons you know who are in need.

Along with your money, you can also give another precious resource- your time, to volunteer in charitable organizations. They always need extra hands to do good work. You can also choose to give back by mentoring or providing your encouragement and support to someone in need.

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