I was thinking on the idea of generosity last night. I believe the spirit of generosity comes from a person’s value system. At the very basis of who they are, comes a willingness to give; and to share their gifts, talents,knowledge, and resources with others. It is a beautiful thing to give without thought of getting something in return. And yet, giving without some thought of balance can be destructive. A person who has truly mastered the gift of generosity of spirit, gives in ways that are healthy for both the giver, and the receiver.
To know the difference between giving, and enabeling. Having boundaries on both sides is a tricky thing; so that, one person is not doing all of the giving and inspiring while the other is doing all of the taking. Having clear boundaries and expectations helps each side to know what is required to maintain that balance.
That when when giving and receiving are mixed together it can inspire others when they have the opportunity to do the same. That is the balance that i am talking about…giving can incorporate time, skill sets, energy, knowledge, or material things. It isn’t even really that important what you give…what is important, is being aware of the needs of others around you; and, being willing to sacrifice a little of what you have been blessed with to benefit others. Do you know someone who can benefit from what you have to offer? I would love to hear about your thoughts on generosity!