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.
Back in March, I had what I would call a near death experience.
I think I can call it a near death experience even though I didn’t hover over my own body, my heart didn’t stop, and there was no white light or anyone from the other side.
I actually remember almost none of it and am going on the stories that were relayed to me. There was a life flight, a chest tube, and the card on the flowers that my daughter gave me that said, “Mom, thanks for not dying!” All this evidence points me to the conclusion that it was, indeed, a near death experience.Continue reading →
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.
Instant gratification is sexier than delayed gratification. It’s decadent, indulgent, and it’s dopamine releasing. That means we get a rush (cue James Brown). Sadly, instant gratification can be a smoke screen and hurdle keeping us from the things we want the most.
Delayed gratification is by far the most reliable road to success. Yet we have become accustomed to fast and easy. We all want the most with the least amount of effort and delayed gratification is none of that.
Let’s face it. Delayed gratification often feels like a sacrifice. Seriously, who doesn’t want to eat that ice cream, buy that bauble, sleep in later, avoid the hard work? Who wants to deny themselves? Who doesn’t want what they want when they want it?
Everyone can spot a huge romantic gesture. It has bells, whistles, applause. It is almost like a theatre show. It looks like a tux or a party dress.
Not everyone sees the small, even tiny, romantic acts and expressions that can total up to be far more important than those big gestures. It presents itself looking more like work boots and a bad hair day. Sometimes we have to train ourselves to notice these things.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 all heard it before, especially at this time of the year. When it comes to gifts, it’s the thought that counts. But is that true?
We’ve all gotten that gift at some point where we open it and think “What the…?”
It’s the thought that counts if there is indeed thought- a good intention- behind it and if we have the ability to recognize the thought. It comes from both sides. Are we honestly putting thought into our gift giving? Are we accepting gifts with the intention in mind?Continue reading →
We are compelled to feed the hungry and help the needy. Rightly so. To those of us who have been blessed it is only right to pass it on. There will be extraordinary acts of kindness and giving reported everywhere. We may even be a recipient of a free coffee in the drive through line by someone who generously started a random act of kindness.
It is fabulous to witness it all when we live in a world where there is so much ugliness brought to life on a regular basis.
However, the holidays can be stressful for even the most die hard festive reveler. Unfortunately most of us unleash the side effects of this stress on the ones we love the most. Continue reading →