When was the last time you gave to someone or something that did not benefit you directly?
What was it that you contributed?
It could have been your money.
Maybe you gave your time.
Or you assisted someone that was less able?
And to who or which group did you give to?
Did you get some sort of reward or recognition for doing it?
Or just a simple thank you?
Regardless of the reward or return you may get, it is so important to be generous and help others when you can.
Generosity is the selfless act of giving without the expectation of anything in return.
The beauty of being a generous person is that even though intentions are to receive nothing in return, the giver in fact receives tenfold.
How can that be?
Why if being generous is so fruitful more people would engage in this behavior?
Simple, in today’s society, we are accustomed to the here and now–at microwave speed.
I give you something and you give me something in return right now–today–this minute.
If I donate my time and energy for a cause that is fundraising money to build clean water wells in Haiti, I won’t see the fruit of my labor today.
In fact, I may never see it in my lifetime.
But giving from my heart–giving, knowing that a person who drinks from that well won’t be knocking on my door handing me a couple bucks for my time.
Knowing that a person will one day be drinking clean, healthy water and living a healthier, better life because I took the time is worth way more than a couple bucks.
I traded my time to help someone better their life.
And we may never meet.
I didn’t need instant gratification.
What I get back is knowing that somewhere, someone in the future is benefiting from something I did today.
I give of myself knowing I will not get anything tangible in return.
I give from my heart.
When was the last time you did something selfless for another or a group of others?
They could be small and seemingly effortless acts.
Or giving money, if you can spare it, to an organization in need.
The important thing to remember is that it’s not about the reward.
It’s about doing a good deed daily.
We can give of ourselves each and every day by smiling at a stranger, helping an elderly person put groceries in their car, working at a food bank, shoveling a neighbor’s driveway, cutting someone’s lawn…
That selfless act of paying it forward through generosity.
What a beautiful concept.
Find a way to be generous today.
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It’s Me, Tina
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