“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.” — Khalil Gibran
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Even though magic wasn’t his passion, my father spent every Saturday morning with me at Bianco’s Magic Shop when I was a young boy. He took joy in seeing me come alive with excitement and graciously gave up his Saturdays to kindle that excitement. The generosity of his time has not been forgotten.
The generosity of his time has not been forgotten.
As social beings we have evolved to be generous by nature—whether through gifts of our time, talent, or treasure—and over the years I’ve been humbled by the generosity of countless selfless individuals. Some of the most memorable include:
Generosity is necessary to function in a society where we rely on each other for survival. However, this generous nature can sometimes be overridden when a scarcity mindset inspires selfishness and greed.
And yet, when we are the recipients of generosity from others, we can’t help but become encouraged to model and pay forward that same kindness towards others in our own unique way.
What generosity have you received from others? And how has it inspired you to likewise become more generous with your time, talents, and treasures?
Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.