Being generous is the natural side effect of living a happy and fulfilled life. It is also the antidote for when we feel lost or blue. It can take our focus off ourselves and make us pay attention to the world around us. It serves both us and the receivers of our generosity. It is empowering.
Many times people equate giving with cash. If you have the means, then go ahead and share but what if you don’t? While monetary philanthropy is important, it is a narrow way to be generous. There are many other ways to share with others.
It’s that time!
High school seniors all over the country are relieved. And rejoicing. And celebrating. We will join in the merriment. Then there will be those among us who will, without malice or awareness, put a damper on it. Simply with the words that come out of their mouths.
Everyone should think carefully before they speak.
Have you ever noticed that there are two types of old people?
There are cranky, bitter, sour old people. The Curmudgeons. These are the ones most people dread being around.
Then there is the interesting fun to be with old people that people look at and say “That’s how I want to be when I grow up”. They are the cool old people. Continue reading
It’s time to give Millennials a break.
You can’t go a day without reading or hearing what “the problem with millennials” is. We need to stop that. Isn’t that just a version of “kids these days”? The same centuries old tired lament? Doesn’t that mean we are just old farts who have passed the buck and we haven’t figured out how to build a bridge with the next generation? And by ‘we’ I mean the Prequels- the Prequels to the Millennials being mainly Baby Boomers and Generation X (and yes, a word I have twisted for my own purposes). Continue reading
Everyone likes to be acknowledged. Everyone likes to be appreciated.
In the season of giving we have many opportunities to say thank you, not just for gifts but for generous gestures as well. We need to make sure that we thank people like we really mean it. We may not be good at it but that is when we need to require a little more from ourselves . We can learn, we can get better, we can practice. Practice makes perfect, right?
We’ve been sold a myth that somehow we can find a balance, a perfect equilibrium, in our lives. Sometimes we are even shamed for not having found that sweet spot.
Balance implies that we have some scale and on each side are equal parts of a whole. Or that different portions of our lives are divided up and pitted against each other. Usually it is not possible, or even valuable, to compartmentalize our lives because all if it is woven together into whole cloth.
Needs ebb and flow. Life changes regularly.