It is where it all begins: detached generosity –
Like one of my favorite writing women tells us, “That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.” Simone de Beauvoir
Generosity does not keep a tally of time or money spent, it doesn’t compare what has been given by one to what has been given by another.
Generosity exists in a similar vein to why non-procreative sex exists – for pleasure alone.
Generosity feels good. It makes us happy. It makes the world a better place. It makes us want to give more. It helps us sleep better at night and may even keep our cold feet warm as we snooze and wake. Someone generously knits us socks, someone generously covers us with a downy comforter.
Generosity creates more generosity which creates abundance and spirals up and up and up, a sweet energy like a purple-orange smoke signal.
Who has been the most generous in my life?
Babies who give smiles, my Emma who stands up for the underdog, couch surfing hosts, people who don’t ask what you want or need, they show up with what they know you love when you can’t see clearly. Those who remind you of your own value, who reflect the wonder of your being without doing anything.
This is generosity.
Free admission to the art museum, through March. After my 1 pm meeting I think I’ll drop by again, just to look, just to be with the art again.
Divine generosity? All I need to do is open my door and look at the trees growing in my yard or look at my son, working on a computer he has taken apart and is exploring so intently, receive a thank you note from Sofi for the simple act of sending an image from my art journal.
Katerina Stoykova Klemer said “If truth doesn't set you free, generosity of spirit will.” This makes me curious: in what ways are truth and generosity interconnected?
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