Hello dear reader(s)!
Generosity is important to me. If someone is going to be my friend, they have to be generous. Fortunately, for the most part, I tend to attract those who are. I like to think I am generous myself, but I suppose only those close to me know whether or not I am.
People often confuse generosity with material gift giving. They believe that you must have a lot in order to be generous. Yet I find the people who are the most generous, are usually the ones who do not have the most. This is not to say that nobody materially successful can be generous, simply that the two are not inexorably linked.
Gifts are wonderful. I love giving gifts and seeing the joy in someone’s face when they receive a gift from me. Some of my most important possessions are things that were given to me, simply because they were given to me. But gifts aren’t everything.
One can be generous with their consideration, they can be generous with their compassion, they can be generous with their time, they can be generous with their knowledge, with their effort.
There are times when you need to be a bit selfish. I know that more than others. My body occasionally tells me I have to stop what I am doing and take care of me. But out of consideration for those who may be relying on me, I do my best to keep them apprised of any possibility I may not be available as soon as I am aware. I make sure that people are aware I am still looking forward to something as something I commit to approaches. If I have even the slightest notion I may not be capable of fulfilling my commitment, I don’t commit to it. I say maybe. I do everything I can to ensure that I will not have to cancel at the last minute, such as shifting around priorities to ensure I get extra rest or taking a little longer to sleep in before something I have planned to do.
And when someone does show generosity to you, it is generous to show gratitude. Their generosity is a gift to you, and being grateful for it is a gift that you return to them. Gratitude is a very generous gift because it is also a gift for yourself. I do my best to let people know I am thankful for them, and the gifts they bring to my life.
The most generous material gifts I have received were not of the most valuable. In my path, the most important gifts someone can give to you are the ones in which they put into them something of themselves. Anyone can buy someone something. The greatest gifts include someone’s effort or passion. A gift such as that is an offering. It is an invitation to enjoy a part of that person. A painting, a song, a baked good, a creation of any kind is far more valuable to me than something bought.
That is not to say that items purchased can’t also be extremely generous. It is not to say that everything meaningful has to be personally created by the giver. Sometimes the creation given to you is merely that they paid attention to something you desired. Sometimes the creation they give can be the efforts they went to in order to acquire something for you. But one thing is certain regarding the generosity of gift giving, it really is the thought that counts.
My friends are generous. They are not only generous to me, but to the thoughts and feelings of others. They are considerate people who go out of their way to bring happiness to those with whom they interact. I am extremely grateful for all of them. My friends are generous with empathy when they see one person having a rough time. They are generous with their humor to make someone smile when they can see someone needs it.
Anyway, I don’t have a whole hell of a lot to say today. I am just thinking about how grateful I am for my friends and how much I look forward to having fun with them.
Happy weekend dear reader(s), I hope yours is generous to you.