Generosity

I think I’ve probably been accused of having a Pollyanna attitude more than once in my life.  I don’t, you know?  I see lots of anguish in this world of ours, but I’m determined to keep on searching for the good, and pointing it out when I can.

I don’t think it would come as a surprise to anyone in any of my very numerous, and very spread out family units, that I really don’t think any of us are perfect… or that we even come close.  We’re all just as flawed and eccentric as the next fellow.

But today I’m feeling ever-so-blessed and ever-so-thankful for the gift of generosity that flows in and out of my days with our families.  These are the kinds of sentences I hear all the time…

“Let me get that.”

“Here, take this to help buy the meat.”

“What can I bring?”

“My treat.”

“Happy to do it.”

“You bought last time, let me pay.”

“We can take my car.”

“I have extra, I’ll bring plenty.”

These spoken words come as naturally as breathing in and out to so many people surrounding me.  Not just family, but friends and neighbors… people so giving of their time, their talent, their money.  And this week my heart is hurting for a sweet friend who doesn’t hear this from family members… who doesn’t ever get to say “they just spoil me rotten”.

Not everyone is surrounded by generous people.  I wish they could be.


4 Responses to “Generosity”

  1. Marcea Clive says:

    We are so blessed to be surrounded by friends and family who have these attitudes and values. The blessings come first to the ones who are giving. Not sure everyone understands that.

  2. Sandy says:

    It is a grand circle… and yes… more of a blessing to give than to receive. We are blessed!

  3. Cheryl says:

    Yes, we are blessed. And I never thought of you as having a Pollyanna attitude, but just an attitude of believing that God will give us good things. As you said, you try to find the positive in every situation. Even when it is a bad situation you realize that in the big picture even the bad things that happen here on this earth will be completely forgotten as we bask in the glory of our Father in eternity. But I also understand how your heart hurts for your friend. During the course of my life I have seen many people who didn’t have loving, God-fearing parents. As a result many of these people had awful childhoods. It grieved me so that while I know my childhood wasn’t perfect (hey, I never got to have my horse until I was 18 and bought it myself!!) I felt like it was pretty close, and I couldn’t imagine how people felt who didn’t enjoy the blessing of feeling loved, protected, and free of worry as children. One friend told me during childhood it wasn’t a feeling of “missing something” since there was no realization of how it “should have been”. Still, every day, I count the blessing of having a loving family and an “uneventful” childhood. Thanks, as always, for reminding me to have thankfulness in my heart.

  4. Cheryl says:

    Oh, and thanks, also, for reminding me of the importance of being generous! Your whole family seems to certainly have that characteristic down pat!!

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