“You do not have to be rich to be generous. If he has 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, or to a concern for the unknown and what the future has in store for us. But the wonderful truth is that we can all give right now, on many levels, for generosity is not measured by the amounts that we give, or by the recognition and thanks that we receive, but by the ways in which we give, and the impact that those gifts have on the lives of the recipients and the world around us. Truly, it is the spirit behind the giving that determines the true level of our generosity.

When practicing generosity, it is important that we also consider the recipient’s needs. If we simply give to fulfill a desire to be generous or to be receiving something in return, then we may not be fulfilling the needs of the recipient as well as potentially wasting our ability to give effectively. That is why when I am buying a gift for someone, I try my best to find something that they need or at least could use; if I cannot find anything that they need or could use, I then look for something that they want. And if I cannot find that either, I settle for gifting money if I can afford to do so, so that they can get something that they need or want, or I try to give of my time and my talents–helping with chores and tasks around the house, spending leisure time with the individual, or any number of such things.

We all have the ability to give in little and meaningful ways, but that giving should come from our hearts and should take into account the needs of those who are receiving our gifts. When we are able to do so, giving genuinely in the spirit of true generosity and benevolence, the impact of our giving will be tremendous, for it will have fulfilled a need in both the giver and the recipient.

Discover a genuine heart and spirit for generosity within yourself.

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 the sum given, but the manner in which it is bestowed.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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