Rahul is a software engineer based in bangalore, india.

this journal is his manifesto to help people tackle everyday hurdles and live better.

Give without expecting

Browsing through my Facebook feed, as usual, I stumbled upon a pretty interesting challenge.

Usually, the challenges on Facebook are quite dumb. You know, tag your friend and all. This, however, was something worth taking up.

Here's what it was:

The challenge was gifting a book of your choice to a complete stranger and in return, you can get some gifted to you.

Now, the getting free books part was obviously lucrative but I chose to focus on the gifting part itself.

The most truly generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward.
— Carol Ryrie Brink

You see, I always try to encourage people to read stuff. I love reading. I read tons of articles and books in a year. It's one of my favourite activities.

The idea of giving someone a book of my choice and maybe helping a complete stranger learn something new psyched me out. I was sold.

I took up the challenge and immediately ordered a book called The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday for a girl I've never even met.

Maybe she'll like it and find it useful or maybe not. Doesn't matter. I got what I wanted. A chance to spread some wisdom.

Frankly speaking, I don't expect any book in return. It doesn't always have to be an exchange. Sometimes, giving without taking can make you happy.

If you aren't able to understand what I'm talking about right now, then you'll, once you have witnessed something like this.

Once you've felt the joy of giving.

The donation system itself is prevailing on this idea of impacting someone else's life with something that you have in excess without expecting anything in return.

It doesn't have to be a book. You can give anything from your clothes to your blood.

I'm open to more challenges like these, that are aimed at making the world a better place. Hit me up if you have anything on your mind.

Learn to give without expecting anything in return, you never know, your gift can be a lifesaver for someone else.

Don't tarnish your integrity

Limit your options