Every time I see the Ice Bucket Challenge on Facebook, and it's a lot, I'm provoked to be more generous. It's not only good for the marginalized in society, it's good for me too. Let's find ways of making this generosity last!
We all have a purpose, a reason we are here on planet Earth, and that is what it is about. We are not here to be endlessly interested in our superficial selves and obsess over what we want, what we have and what other people think of us.
My parents are not cheap. They're the most generous people I've ever known. But somewhere deep down, they can still hear the echo of the Great Depression, and I'm guessing very few people had money to throw away on dropcloths back then.
As your children expand their social world, the messages from others become increasingly influential. You can actively create a critical mass of people and institutions that will support and reinforce your messages of compassion.
Is goodness tossed at me every day, all day long, and if it is, how often do I miss it, step over it or look past it? Regardless of my state of mind, every time I do stop and see a plum on our walkway, I feel as though someone has given me a gift.
Too often we save things in life for the wrong reasons. Besides material goods, we save our emotions because we don't want to be hurt, our appearance because we don't want to look old, or our flaws because we don't want to be anything less than perfect.
Generosity -- the quality of being kind and understanding, the willingness to give others things that have value -- is often defined as an act of selflessness; however, studies are now showing that generosity is actually (selfishly) in your best interest.
Thriving isn't exclusive to painting or poetry. It's whatever you are driven to be and do. What Maya Angelou modeled was a complete commitment to the expression of her wonderfulness. She showed what it looked like to thrive on a grand scale.