“You do not have to be rich to be generous. If you have the spirit of true generosity, a pauper can give like a prince.” – Corinne U. Wells
Many of us feel that if we had more money, we would be more generous. Perhaps this can be contributed to how society typically relates generosity to financial gifts. This is not the case, however, for we can give on many levels. Generosity is not measured by the amounts we give, but by the ways in which we give. It is the spirit behind the giving that determines the true level of our generosity, and that is important to keep in mind.
When practicing generosity, it is also important that we consider the recipient’s needs. I find that giving to simply fulfill the need to be generous is wasteful, as it seldom will fulfill the recipient’s need. Therefore, when buying gifts for loved ones, I try to find something that they need. If I cannot find anything that they need, I will try for something they want. And if I cannot find that either, I might suffice to provide money if I can afford to do so, simply so that they can get something they need or want. I feel another great option is to give of my time–helping with chores and tasks around the house, spending leisure time with the person, or any number of such things.
Our giving should be from our hearts, and our giving always should take into account the needs of the people to whom we are giving. If we are able to follow those simple rules, then we definitely can give in the spirit of true generosity. The giving should not come from a desire to gain from it (though it is okay if this does happen), nor should it come from a desire to make someone else owe something back to us. True generosity genuinely fulfills needs, and it comes from a place of simply wanting to fulfill those needs. Therefore we need not be wealthy to be a genuinely generous person.
Adopt a truly generous spirit and heart today.
Questions to consider:
Why do so many of us feel that it is important to give in high amounts if we are to be truly generous?
What kinds of needs can you fulfill in others with your current resources?
How might you go about showing the spirit of true generosity?
For further thought:
“Generosity consists not of the sum given, but of the manner in which it is bestowed.” – unattributed