The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.
Premchand’s wife scolded him for working hard in spite of his failing health. The famous Hindi author replied: “The duty of the lamp is to spread light. Whether this benefits or harms others is no concern of the lamp. So long as there is oil and a wick in it, it will go on doing its duty. And when the oil runs out, it will go out.”
Premchand died the following year, leaving his last novel unfinished.
The Sea of Galilee receives but does not keep the River Jordan. For every drop that flows into it, another drop flows out. The giving and receiving go on, equal in measure. The other see is shrewder, hoarding income jealously. It will not be tempted into any generous impulse. Every drop it gets, it keeps. The Sea of Galilee gives and lives. This other sea gives nothing. It is named –the Dead– Anonymous