The Giving Tree is a bitter story of a boy and a tree who loves him. It hits you to think of how much happy you could get by just giving instead of sharing.
There is a line between giving and sharing and I believe that line is important to balance our life. In a way affecting our relationships, giving is, from one to another, to deliver what one has where sharing is praising togetherness and connecting to the other. Sharing and giving have quite similar forms: people give or share their belongings, feelings and ideas with heritage to their relatives, with books to their readers, with stories across time, sometimes by a piece of paper to their loved ones. When given, you are in the presence of the other, waiting for the exchange of your gift; when shared, you hold the strings and very much determinant of your relationship. Today, where 2.5 million interacts with social accounts, social media lines up with “to share” when each of its users comes across when they about to press the post button. People too stick sharing pictures, videos and stories by staying in reciprocity zone. How much, now, are we willing to give anything without the fear of exchange and be happy?
Khalil Gibran says;
“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
Besides, accoring to Mauss, the act of giving is related with the giver deeply since its Archaic forms.
Souls are mixed with things; things with souls. Lives are mingled together, and this is how, among persons and things so intermingled, each emerges from their own sphere and mixes together. This is precisely what contract and exchange are.
~Mauss, Marcel. The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies. London: Routledge, 2001. Print.
Therefore, Rewitae is where we hope to both give and share with people our journeys of life. Beyond being a giver, Rewitae is about discovering trees around and inside ourselves to appreciate, give back and be happy.