Some of us really think more about giving during the holiday season. However, having a generous and giving spirit is good to have all the time. Here are some things that will help you to give generously throughout your life.
What Moves Your Spirit? - Think about what really moves you. Those are the things that you will commit to the most in your life. The needs of the homeless, elderly, others affected by a tragedy or illness--there are so many things all around us. You know when something really gets you in your gut. Then use that to motivate you to do something.
Notice What Is Around You - Make it a priority to start noticing the needs around you. So many times we look past someone who has a need or ignore a local plea on Facebook or TV or even just a local event that is trying to support a local cause. Start being conscience of what is going on in your community. That is how you will start to see what needs you can help with.
Find Someone as An Example - Find a role model or mentor to follow that has a generous spirit and way of life. Learn about them and see how you can apply some of their beliefs or ways of seeing things into your life. Let someone inspire you.
You Don't Have to Be Wealthy - You don't have to have a lot of money to be a generous giver. Danny Thomas (founder of St Jude's Children's Hospital) said that he would rather have a dollar from a million people than have a million dollars from a few. Every dollar does count. So does being generous with your time. Sometimes, giving of your time and expertise in an area can be worth more than money. What are your talents? What unique qualities do you have that can help someone in need?
Give Always - Sometimes when we are going through a rough spot in our lives, we want to keep to ourselves. We want to keep our money close, we don't want to take the time to help someone else because we are focused on our own problems and we feel that we can't help because we have a need ourselves. This is the best time to keep on giving! Not only does it help you gain perspective on your situation, when you are giving out of sacrifice, it truly does translate to those you give to. Love, caring, compassion and empathy can be felt by others when you are expressing them. This can not only lift up your spirit during rough times, it will certainly lift those around you as well.
Pass It On - Teach your children and grandchildren how to be generous by giving them money or something that they need to give away. Tell you kids to pick out some of their best toys to give away, show them the impact they have when the are friendly to others and offer help when someone needs it. Teach them good habits of giving, caring and helping those around them. Then they will start impact those around them too.
Small Things, Big Impact - You may not have a lot to give, but, when you share it and the importance that giving means to you, it will impact others to give as well. Sharing your concerns for those who need help in one way or another may speak to someone else and light a fire in them to start having a generous spirit. You just never know what will speak to someone and change their lives.
Let's all keep the spirit of generous giving going long after the holidays this year. Wouldn't it be wonderful if compassion became the norm everywhere we looked?