Virtue of the Week: Generosity

Friends,

I am pretty sure that there are a lot of things in this world that result from the belief that “What you fear you create.” What about abundance and scarcity?

Do you live a life of “Abundance” or a life of “Scarcity”? If you pay any attention at all to our modern media, you be condemned to living a life of great scarcity. The consumerism that inundates our lives and the pursuit of what we believe will be the joyous feeling resulting from abundance, actually creates the feeling of scarcity that we fear so much. We covet our possessions, both physical and emotional. BY HOARDING OUR POSSESSIONS, WE VALIDATE THEIR SCARCITY IN OUR LIVES. When fixate on the belief that money or happiness is scarce, you convince your mind that the scarcity is real. Even if it’s not. This is a vicious cycle and the only way to get out of this mind trap is by being GENEROUS.

If you want to experience the joy of abundance, then you must allow your actions to demonstrate to your mind that you have an abundance. To feel the joy of an abundance of happiness, give happiness away. To feel the joy of an abundance of love, give love away. To feel the joy of an abundance of money, give money away. To feel the joy of an abundance of respect, give respect to others. Even if you only have a little to give, your mind knows that you can’t give away something that you don’t have, so any act of generosity demonstrates that you must have had an abundance in the first place. This works with time, talent, treasure, as well as smiles, faith, and hope.

To give is to get, so give others some of what you have, knowing that you will feel the joy of abundance and that some of what you gave will come back to you with good measure.

It’s a simple principle we probably learned in first grade, what goes around, comes around.