In The Lighter Mood: Are You Truly Generous?!

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Someone asked Bill Gates at the peak of his riches, “Is there any person richer than you?”

He said, “Yes, only one.”

Journalist: “Who’s that?”

Bill Gates: “well, many years ago, I had been dismissed and I had gone to New York airport. I read headlines  of newspapers there. I liked one of them and I want to buy it. But I didn’t have change (coin). I turned to go. Suddenly, a black boy called me and said, “This newspaper is for you.” I said, “But I don’t have change. He said, “No problem, I give it to you for free”.

After 3 months, I went there. Coincidentally, the same thing  happened again, and that same boy gave me another free newspaper again. I said I can’t accept it. But he said, “I give you from my heart”.

After 19 years, I had been rich and I decided to find that boy. I found him after one and half months of searching. I asked him if he knew me. He said, “Yes, you’re the famous Bill Gates.”

I said, “You gave me free newspaper twice many years ago. Now, I want to compensate you. I am going to give you anything  that you want.”

The Black young man replied, “You can’t compensate me!”

I asked why? He said, “Because I gave you when I was poor. You want to give me because you are rich. So, how do you compensate me, from the surplus of your wealth?”

Bill Gates said, “By this I think that black young man is richer than me.”

You don’t have to be rich, or wait to be rich, to give.

That’s why it is said that the poor are more generous than the rich.

…Femi Oyetoro