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Leave a Legacy of Service: Gandhi’s Guidance for Philanthropic Giving | quote 89

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi’s famous words about selfless service remain relevant today. As we think about our legacies, his quote reminds us that we find meaning by helping others. 

Gandhi advocated for a life of simplicity, nonviolence, and selflessness. His peaceful resistance helped India gain independence from British rule. Gandhi believed we find inner peace by looking beyond our desires and instead serving the needs of others. 

This quote beckons us to get outside our heads and make a positive difference in the world. Gandhi asks us to shift our mindset from “What can I gain?” to “How can I help?” 

Serving others without expectation of reward takes us out of the endless cycle of seeking fulfillment through possessions, achievements, or status.

Gandhi saw that true meaning and contentment comes from lifting others up through small acts and great deeds of service. The more we give, the more we receive — though don’t let the rewards be your motivation! We realize our shared humanity by contributing our time and resources to benevolent causes. We see value in qualities like compassion, generosity, and solidarity. 

Gandhi’s Background as a Leader for Peace and Human Rights

Gandhi was born in India in 1869. He studied law in London, England, then moved to South Africa in 1893 to do legal work. He faced discrimination and began nonviolent civil disobedience for the rights of Indians. 

Returning to India in 1915, Gandhi organized peasants and workers to protest poverty and oppression. His tactics of boycotts, hunger strikes, and peaceful marches gained worldwide attention. Over decades of struggle, he led India to independence from British rule in 1947.

Gandhi’s unwavering faith in nonviolent protest and his ability to rally millions created change through unselfish service. He inspired future leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela in their fights for civil rights and freedom.

Using Philanthropy to Lose Yourself in Service of Others 

Gandhi’s quote remains true for philanthropists seeking meaning by helping others. We want to make a difference in issues we care about. Gandhi encourages us to act on that impulse to make a difference by looking beyond our interests and serving more significant needs.

Including a charitable gift in your Will is a powerful way to lose yourself in service. You can allocate a portion of your estate to continue supporting your causes after your lifetime. Your generosity allows you to leave a legacy focused on the greater good.

Acting on your own limits what you can accomplish. By contributing resources to nonprofits, you magnify your impact. Your generosity can help fund significant advances in areas like medical research, poverty reduction, and environmental protection.

Change the World Through Your Will

Gandhi inspires us to search within and decide what matters most. Your Will and estate planning unlock unique opportunities to immerse yourself in service and change the world.

The Will Power campaign encourages Canadians to follow Gandhi’s call and include a charitable gift in their Will. Even a small percentage of your assets can make a lasting difference. You can also serve the greater good while providing for your loved ones.

As Gandhi said, the path to true meaning and contentment comes from looking beyond ourselves. Consider honouring your legacy by pledging a charitable gift from your estate. What better way to find yourself than to lose yourself in service to others even after you’re gone?

Learn how Will Power helps you include a gift to charity in your Will and about the pros and cons of donating life insurance.

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