The Mongol Derby seems like a very distant adventure now.
These uncertain times have made me reflect, among other things, on what generosity means to me. When I think of a generous person, the first person who comes to my mind is my dad.
I probably have never told him so - I should probably call him now to do so, but he is my role model when it comes to generosity.
As far as I can remember, my dad has always made himself available when anyone needs a helping hand. Our family, his neighbours, friends and the community as a whole know they can always count on him.
His latest gesture is giving part of his garden, effectively turning it into a community garden, for friends and neighbours who either don’t have the space, the soil or simply can’t really garden anymore. He not only gave them space but also helps with the maintenance along the way.
Comparatively, I don’t think of myself as a generous person. I’ve been told that I see the good in others, sometimes to the extent I’m too naive, trusting or nice and I believe this is partly inherited from him. Yet, when it comes to generosity I still have some work to do.
So, in my journey to become like my generous dad, I have signed myself up on the Good Hood App to offer running errands such as grocery shopping or bringing meals to my neighbours. I am also working with a local association to launch a fundraiser to support their efforts.
In Singapore, a few initiatives are available if you can support the community during the Covid-19 crisis, everything has been gathered on this portal: https://www.sgunited.gov.sg/
This period can be a good opportunity to reflect and understand what's really important for each of us.