Category Archives: giving

Getting A Holiday Rush

helping hand The holiday season is upon us, and so are the stresses that come with it.  All the shopping, crowding, and lack of parking can test our patience and sanity.  Attitudes flare and tempers explode, leaving us caught in a whirlwind of frenetic energy.

What happened to goodwill toward others?

The holidays can bring out the worst in us.

To live harmoniously, we need to be supportive and helpful to others, especially during this time of year when everything is rushed and hectic.

Instead of feeling rushed, we can create a new kind of rush, one that promotes the goodwill that is needed.

Instead of getting caught up in the mob scene of the holidays, why not give the gift of you?

While being of service is part of being a good citizen, it also feels good to help others, especially when we do it without any expectation of anything in return.

Our actions become offerings of love.

However, many times we serve because we were taught that we should serve. We do it to gain good standing in our church or our community. In this sense, we are really only serving ourselves. This kind of serving has no heart.

True serving is much more than meeting the requirements of a community, church, or school project; it is selfless and motivated from a deeper space within us.

There are many ways to be of service, and one may serve in various ways before discovering which area or areas resonate the most and are the most heartfelt. There are the obvious and much-needed volunteer opportunities, such as feeding the homeless or mentoring young people.

But there are other opportunities that we may not even think of as being an act of service.

Running errands for those who aren’t able to run them, organizing a group activity like a walking or hiking club, leaving anonymous inspirational notes in neighborhood mailboxes are all simple ways of being of service.

Ask what you can do to brighten the lives of others, especially during this holiday season when many people are experiencing frustration.

Your actions will make a big difference and can be the greatest gift of all.

Seven Ways To Become A More Generous Person

In yesterday’s blog, I wrote about receiving generosity. I summed it up by saying that generosity is more than just a decision; it’s a lifestyle, especially when we approach it without any fear, without any thoughts of unworthiness, and without any reluctance. It is a spiritual quality.

Most people want to be generous. It’s in our nature.

A truly giving person does so out of desire, not out of duty. Gifts of duty are ego-based and are not of the heart; they are conditional and subject to entitlement. The generous person never expects anything in return; they give because they believe in investing in someone’s happiness.

How can you become a more generous person? Let me count the ways…

  • Set the intention to be generous. Make the conscious choice to be generous on a daily basis.
  • Start small. One does not have to be wealthy to be generous. And one does not always have to give money to be generous. You can be generous by giving things you can make. You can also volunteer your time, your compassion, or your expertise in a certain field.
  • Notice the things you could do to make someone else’s life a little easier and happier. Develop an awareness of what other’s may need.
  • Think of specific ways in which you can help the people you know, and then do them without expectation. Be sure to tell them to give forward, not back.
  • Let your generosity branch out to strangers. Hold open that door at the store. Pay the toll for the person behind you. Compliment someone you don’t know. 
  • Serve a cause that is greater than your own life. You can help fund it, or you can offer your time and energy.
  • Let your gratitude lead to generosity. Be grateful for the things you have. As you experience generosity in your own life, you’ll find yourself becoming more generous to others. 
Being generous is not difficult. Practicing generosity is an intentional, conscious decision we make in our lives, not out of duty, but out of love. The generous person is one who believes in the unlimited abundance of the Universe, finds success in helping others succeed, and believes changing even one life is worthwhile.
The generous person gives because s/he is a reflection of the Universe. As we grow in generosity, so does the Universe as it expands through us. All it wants to do is give because all it can do is give. Let’s give our thanks for such love, and let’s start giving. 
What will you do to foster generosity? Please share your comments below; they are always welcome.

I am taking part in the Write Tribe Festival of Words 1st – 7th September 2013. For more information, visit

Seven Ways To Receive Generosity

Life is most generous.

When you stop to think about all that you have and all that is available to you, you realize how bountiful life truly is.

Look around at all the things you have. Consider all the hard work that went into creating these things — your favorite chair in which you sit, the computer you use to communicate with others, the cup in which you enjoy your morning coffee or tea, the fountain that flows continuously in your garden, the wind chimes that sing in the breeze, the novel that you are reading or the music to which you are singing or listening — all of these things were created for your comfort, convenience, and/or enjoyment. They were created for you.

Consider the natural world and what it gives — a cool breeze on a hot day, the invigorating scent of a pine forest, the hypnotic sound of rain, the vividness of a rainbow after a storm, the sweet taste of wild berries you picked on your hike — all designed for you in that particular moment, and all designed to keep the circle of giving going.

From the beauty of nature to the inventions of mankind that make our lives easier to the kindness we receive from others, life gives to each one of us in so many ways. Life’s generosity pulls us in, allowing us to connect more deeply with it, thus making it a sacred adventure.

The magic of generosity is that it invites us to become more generous. The more we receive and accept openly, the more we want to give in return. Generosity, as defined, is freely sharing what we have with others without expectation of reward or return.  When we give, we reap the pleasure of knowing we made someone else’s life a little happier.

How do you receive the things life gives you through nature or through others’ contributions? Do you accept openly? Or do you pull back in trepidation?

Some people have a difficult time receiving generosity. Here are seven ways to receive it:

  • Let go of reluctance. Any sign of reluctance is letting you know that there is a deeper issue when it comes to accepting generosity. Were you taken advantage of in the past because of your generosity? Were you expecting something in return and didn’t get it? Become aware of the issue, work through it, and then let it go.
  • Let go of thoughts of unworthiness. Feeling unworthy is a surefire way to push away what you deserve to have. Know that you are worthy and deserving. You were given the gift of life, were you not? Treat yourself as the gift that you are.
  • Let go of the fear of dependence. Accepting a gift doesn’t make you dependent. Instead, let it motivate you toward a feeling of freedom. 
  • Let go of the idea that if you receive, then you’ll be obligated to the other person. A truly generous person doesn’t expect anything in return; instead, s/he sees it as investing in your happiness.
  • Practice openly receiving everyday gifts. Start small. When you awake in the morning, instead of blindly pouring yourself a cup of coffee or tea and taking it for granted, contemplate what went into bringing that beverage to your table. 
  • Be open to the feeling of being given to.  The pleasure of receiving elevates our mood making us feel happier in the process. “Happy hormones” such as serotonin (it’s actually a neurotransmitter) release into the bloodstream thus increasing our mood; without it, depression sets in. When we open ourselves to seeing all things as gifts and receiving them as gifts, we increase our serotonin levels and our happiness.
  • See the Universe’s resource pie as unlimited in its servings. The Universe is always open for the business of giving. All we have to do is ask and give our thanks. 
Generosity makes the world a better place for both the giver and the receiver, and it doesn’t have to be restricted to birthdays and holidays. Every day is a day to give and to receive. Generosity is more than just a decision; it is a lifestyle. 
How has life been generous to you lately? Your comments are most welcome!

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