There’s a secret I’ve been keeping since college.
But something happened in December 2021 that made me say,
“Okay, I think it’s about time I disclose it.”
I grew up seeing my parents’ generosity.
We had a backyard which they planted with calamansi, guapple, and other fruits.
During harvest season, my parents would distribute the harvest to our neighbors.
I also saw my Mama tutor some of her pupils in our home on weekends. She would even serve them snacks.
We had layers (chicken that lay eggs) and my Mama would boil 50+ eggs to serve to her poor pupils for breakfast.
When I went to college, I met a friend who always had a glow in her eyes.
When I went to Mass with her inside our college campus in University of the Philippines – Diliman, I was surprised she knew the names of all the sampaguita vendors as well as the beggar lola (old woman) sitting at the foot of the chapel. Lola and the kids knew her name, too. They were talking as if they were friends.
So whenever I went to Mass, I also made time to talk with these sampaguita vendors and address each of them by their names. When one of the kids broke his arm, we visited him in the hospital, as if he were a nephew.
One of my favorites was to sit down with Lola after Mass even for just a few minutes. I love lolos and lolas! They have a special place in my heart.
That friend who always had glow in her eyes as if she were always on high???
I met others who were like her.
I learned their secret!
Every Wednesday, they would go to this dark, crowded, smelly squatters area near our college campus to teach little kids.
One day, I joined them. I enjoyed the experience. So I kept joining.
The moment we would arrive in that little chapel inside their squatters neighborhood,
the kids would run to us, screaming at the top of their lungs, and they would race their way to hugging us.
Getting unlimited hugs from these kids, no matter how smelly some of them were (hehe), was such a beautiful part of my college experience.
When I started working, I shared an apartment with 5 of my female friends.
One of them had a tradition of celebrating her birthday by treating poor children or abandoned elderly to birthday meals. I and her friends would be there to celebrate her birthday with these kids and elders.
I thought only celebrities do that. Hehe!
I realized how blessed I am to be immersed in an environment with generous people who are in touch with the poor.
Those experiences inspired me to make “giving to the poor and less fortunate” a part of my lifestyle.
Since then, every month, I would set aside a portion of my income to give to people in need, people who can’t and won’t repay me.
That’s the secret I’ve been keeping for so long.
I intended to keep it a secret indefinitely because my guiding principle in giving was,
“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” – Matthew 6:3
But something happened in December that made me decide to disclose my secret.
On December 29, 2021, we organized a Christmas concert-for-a cause. Originally, the beneficiaries we had in my mind were abandoned lolos and lolas as well as kids with cancer.
Then typhoon Odette happened. So we changed the beneficiaries to those affected by typhoon Odette in Cebu, Siargao, and Bohol since their needs were more urgent.
The two-hour concert, generated Php62,575.60.
We partnered with NOLO (No One Left Out) who did outreach activities for Cebu and Surigao. Then we partnered with Warren’s family in Bohol who distributed goods to their neighborhood. Please see screenshots of the fund transfers we made, for transparency.
I was amazed at the generosity of those who performed in the concert. One of them was Chris Tiu, a former professional basketball player who is now a TV personality, who at that time was so busy with tapings. But he made time. Thanks to him and his mom! My friend Mags hosted the event.
Many of those who watched the concert messaged me in the middle of the concert and said something like,
“Sha, I added Php___ to the initial Php__ I donated. Thank you for this concert!”
What moved me was this realization:
OMG! So many people want to help! They just need a venue where they can help!
That’s the reason why I decided to share my secret with you.
Giving has been blessing me so much! It helps me trust God more. It makes me feel good about myself. It gives added meaning to my work. It inspires me each day knowing what we do at Write University directly and indirectly helps the poor.
The biggest reward of giving is this: Whatever I gave (and continue to give), God has returned and has been returning to me a hundredfold!
Let me give one of the so many concrete examples.
I was in the Adoration Chapel one day (pre-pandemic) and I asked God,
“God, what do you want me to do?”
I felt I heard Him say, “Sha, give this amount to your friend’s outreach activity.”
So I went out of the Adoration Chapel (so there’s phone signal) and texted my friend,
“I’ll donate this amount to your outreach.”
She was overjoyed and said, “OMG! I just finished praying that we get more donations!”
A few minutes later, I received a notification that someone bought one of our offers and the amount was 6x the amount I just donated!
I felt like saying, “Wow, God! You outdid me in generosity again. You won again. Can you let me win next time?” Hehe! Just kidding.
God cannot be outdone in generosity!!!
And so as much as I wanted to not let my left hand know what my right hand is doing, I felt it would be selfish of me to keep the Power of Giving to myself.
In her TED Talk, Jacqueline Way talked about the psychology of giving. If we want to be happy everyday, we need to give everyday because our bodies are hardwired for giving.
And oh, regarding the lolos and lolas, we treated them to dinner of their choice on January 1, 2022, New Year’s Day! 🙂
On January 19, we treated the children with cancer to a sumptuous, healthy lunch prepared by a chef.
Thank you! You’re part of this giving.
Thank you for being part of our TuesDate community. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your well wishes. Thank you for your kind thoughts.
Whenever you purchase any of our books or journals or courses or programs, know that a part of what you pay goes to pampering some people who need pampering the most.
The Power of Giving. So there. Secret no more.
I wish you a beautiful week ahead!!!
P.S. I have a premium online mentoring and membership club for entrepreneurs and high achievers called
Thrive University. Every month, we meet LIVE via Zoom for a Masterclass and Mastermind. Our first meeting this 2022 will be on Jan 29 (Sat) 6PM – 7:15PM PH/SG time. If you want to join, simply click this link.
This is not for everyone. This is only for those who are serious about leveling up their business or profession by investing in their personal development and being part of my inner circle. Hope to see you! 🙂
To those who recently joined Thrive University, congratulations! Excited to see you on Saturday! We’ll talk about setting 3 sets of goals for 2022!
P.P.S. I’ve been journaling daily since 2011. In the Mission Happiness Journal I’m using (which I also created), one of the daily journal prompts is What random act of kindness can I do for someone today?
If you wish to get copies of Mission Happiness Journal for you and your family, you can order thru this link.