According to Wikipedia, Generosity means:
“The art if giving without expecting anything in return. It can relate to money, time, or goods”. Other words implied by generosity include; abundance, plentiful, copious, amplitude, lavishness, infinity or opulence. I learnt through NLP that ‘Giving without expectation is the True art of Giving”. “ Giving with an expectation is Trading”. So in that respect ‘Generosity’ is the true art of giving.
So my thoughts around generosity make me wonder about when is ‘generosity’ applied to a person who is giving of themselves?
I was thinking about a mother, and / or father who gives generously of their time, money and goods to raise a child.
When is what they do considered ‘generous’ and when is what they do considered ‘duty of care’.
Can we be generous in our ‘duty of care’?
Are we expecting a particular result from the child or family in relation to what we gave?
Is a farmer who works 20 hours a day sometimes being ‘generous’ with his time to get all the sheep dipped, or harvest all those vegetables, wheat, crops etc?
Or is it his occupation so he/she just has to know that that is part of the job?
Can we be generous in our ‘duty’?
Where does one stop and the other begin?
My friend and I sponsor a village in Africa and people have been most generous in supporting that charity with money so the village can become self sufficient.
I get that this is generosity because we have no set expectation other than a poor village can now survive.
How they survive is their choice.
Wallace D Wattles wrote in his book ‘The Science of Getting Rich’ in 1903 “Hold the vision of yourself in the right place for you with the purpose to get into it and the faith you will get into it”.
In other words, you may not be in the right place for you right now, rather than lament over that, be generous in what you give of yourself to the family, town or job you have now, always holding the vision of who you want to be, do and have and it will always come to you.
Let me give you an example.
My son was working in ‘Boost Juice’ and he said it is not where I want to be.
I said to him “Pretend it is your business and give generously of your talents and self to work in that business as if it is your own, then you will create what you want and where you want to be”.
In four days of changing his attitude to one of generosity and of giving to both his employer and the customers, he was asked to be the assistant manager.
One of the people working with him bought in ‘Michael Buble’ music and they would sing to the customers.
They attracted quite a crowd to the shop.
Then he saw on The Internet that a band was looking for a singer to sing ‘Buble’ songs professionally and travel around NSW.
He got the job and filled out concert halls for two years doing what he loved.
Generosity of spirit and of self lead him to what he loved.
It doesn’t matter where you live or what you do, it’s how you do it.
If you perform your every day with an attitude of gratitude and generosity, you will draw everything to you that you want.
A personal development lecturer by the name of Roger Hamilton, use to say “Be the wharf and the ships will come to you”.
In other words, put your best generous self ‘out there’ every day and you will attract to you all that you want.
You will not have to go looking for it.
The Law of Attraction is real, whether you believe it or not.
If you want to be surrounded by generous people then what can you do right now that will see your generosity shine?