“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. It can involve offering time, assets or talents to aid someone in need. Often equated with charity as a virtue, generosity is widely accepted in society as a desirable trait. Now, I wouldn’t go so far to as to say that I am virtuous, but I AM taking a crack at generosity with Win Win For A Cause. I am pledging to donate 10% of the commission to the charity of my client’s choice after a closing.
Generosity isn’t only based on money, however. It includes an individual’s pure intentions of looking out for society’s common good and giving from the heart. Generosity should reflect the individual’s passion to help others. In Buddhism, generosity is the antidote to the self-chosen poison called greed. And, Buddhist or not, we ALL know that greed is the root of all evil.
But is there is a way to be selflessly generous? Generousness with absolutely nothing expected in return. At Christmas, we give presents and receive presents, we send cards and expect to get cards in return. But even when we drop a few quarters into the Salvation Army bucket to go to some needy people that we will never see, there is a certain amount of ‘good feeling’ that will overtake you when the bell stops ringing just for a second and the ringer thanks you for your generosity. They say that no good deed will go unnoticed. No matter what you believe, you have to admit that if you ‘Do Good’ you will ‘Feel Good’. Give it a shot. Be generous with your compliments, your smiles, and your love and see what happens.
What do you have to lose?