July 21, 2007

Generous vs Selfish Gift

"A gift is not generous unless it is intended to benefit the recipient and is worth more than what is expected or customary in the situation; a gift is selfish if it is given to benefit the giver or is less valuable than is customary." Says a book that I read.

Looking back, I had my share of "selfish" and "generous" gifts. I remember my friends gifting me a book with the intention to read it themselves. Today I don't know where that book is. Guess it is with one of them or their acquaintances.

My younger sister is good in gifting me "generously". Often she has gifted me the stuffs that I needed and have found good use. Guess gifting generously is a skill.

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