GENEROSITY: TO FREELY GIVE WITH NOTHING IN RETURN.
Many people begin a new year with new resolutions. Researchers show that the way you live in the first 60 days of the new year greatly impacts how you will spend the next 305. Jeff Shinabarger, founder of Plywood People, our non-profit of the month, invites us all to live differently with excessive generosity. If you ask us, it's a beautiful way to live - and while we're already a few days into 2014, it's never too late to start (or further commit) to this lifestyle of giving.
In his inspiring TedEx talk, Shinabarger invites us to think about choosing to live with less, affording us the opportunity to GIVE more. It is true that each of us has something to give to help empower someone else. Generosity doesn't have to represent handing over those historic American presidents floating around in your wallet. In fact, as Jeff says, "Sometimes we don't need more gifts, sometimes we just need each other's presence." That's generosity. That's beautiful.
To see beautiful in this moment, to hop around to other blogs, to pass others on a street corner, to rub shoulders with a stranger on a train, provide us with an invitation to live with excessive generosity. To give more and live on less. To smile more and frown less. To laugh more and sigh less. To share more and need less. To hug more and feel lonely less. To listen more and talk less. To accept more and be close-minded less. To rescue more and fail less. To empower more and feel sorry for less. To support more and degrade less. To understand more and shut out less. To welcome more and fear less.
To see beautiful more and close your eye and heart less.
This is a beautiful life. This is one where there is so much beauty to be seen in every moment.
To learn more about Jeff Sinanbarger and his inspiring mission, check out his beautiful books:
More or Less
From Clouds to Concrete
You can also connect with Plywood People HERE.