There aren’t a whole lot of people spruiking the benefits of generosity. There are some books on it, a network or two, but no one else that I can find who makes it their main point of interest.
Katrina Lake, Founder and CEO of Stitch Fix, notes that “When you are doing something nobody else is doing you are either the smartest or the stupidest person in the room”.
I’m not sure what this says about me, there doesn’t seem to be too much room to move – it’s either one of the other. Although it could be both. The jury is out on that though.
Here is what I know:
Every good thing comes from generosity.
If you have a good thing in your life I have no doubt that it is born out something that you have done for someone else. The people that you love, those that you serve, the generous mindset that you have.
Generosity is the overflow of what is happening internally.
Generosity is not born in a vacuum. It doesn’t just magically appear in your actions without first appearing in your internal life. First there is a generous thought and then there is a generous action.
Generosity is the cure all.
Not matter what is happening for you, be it the most tragic of circumstances that you can experience, you will be helped by being generous to someone else. It won’t remove all pain and suffering but it will provide you with the strength and motivation to take the next step and that is all anyone can ask of you.
Don’t take my word for it. Get on the generosity train, have a generous thought, let it lead to a generous action and see what change comes in your life.