When I was asked what my new year’s resolutions for 2014 were, a single word came to mind: generosity.
I realized one thing towards the end of last year: I’m living in my own world too much. I need to become more generous, both with others and myself.
I don’t mean more generous with giving money to others. (How many of us can afford this anyway?) No, generosity stretches far further than that and I fully intend on letting generosity flow wherever I go this year.
What is Generosity to Me?
I took some time out to think about generosity and what it truly means. Being generous in spirit does not mean giving away your last cent. It means giving more of yourself and who you are.
When it comes to generosity, visions of money being handed over comes to mind. However, this is not really my idea of true generosity.
Most people have only enough money to keep themselves afloat. And even if they had much more than they needed, why should they be giving everything away? While you can give away all your earthly possessions and make many people very happy, that kind of happiness will probably only last for a while. Then their pockets are empty again and the unhappiness is back.
So what can you give that is more lasting than money? Give of yourself.
Be more giving this year with who you are. If you give more of your time, knowledge, talents, friendship and whatever else there is that defines you, you will find that you leave a much more lasting impression. Not only will your impression be lasting but you never know when your generosity may influence someone’s life in a way that will cross the bridges of time and space.
I can think of so many instances where the generosity of others helped me in profound ways. While going through a bad break-up, my own three daughters put their plans to move out on hold and stayed with me. Having them there to lean on during those difficult days, greatly impacted the way I was able to move on from a 26 year marriage.
While I was still living in South Africa, there was an eight hour time difference between Tony (my hunky husband) and myself. But not a day went by during which he didn’t get up at all hours of the night to make a call to South Africa. His daily phone calls encouraged me during some of the most difficult times in my life. His generosity had seen me through.
So during this coming year, I plan on being as generous as I can possibly be. If I can help someone, I want to.
I’m currently creating a website which should be ready within the next few weeks. The main aim of this website is to help all writers. Whether you are a content writer for your own website, a freelance writer or a novelist, I plan on finding a way to help each and every one.
From job boards where you can find freelance writing gigs to exactly how you can get your book published, it will all be there. You will also be able to post links to your website or book and have it reviewed by myself and others. You will even be able to have your own website, if you don’t already have one. For more information, you can sign up for the newsletter and I will let you know when the website is available.
Will You Live With Generosity?
I hope to encourage others to make generosity their mission for this year. If all of us displayed just a little more generosity, it is possible that we might make the world a better place.
In which way will you show generosity this year?