In the end, being generous is an affirmation of hope in the future. Mark V. Ewert, The Generosity Path: Finding the Richness in Giving
Is there a generosity gene?
While some people are born generous, for most of us giving is an acquired trait. Either we had parents who showed us by example the importance of helping others less fortunate, or we had to discover the joy of giving ourselves.
Providing a map for that discovery is one reason the Faith & Money Network exists. Our map is called A Money Autobiography and you can download it right here to get started on that soul-searching adventure yourself. It’s a journey well worth taking!
But is there a generosity gene?
While the human genome has been mapped, it is a long way from being fully explored. What we do know is that generosity may be an evolutionary adaptation that has helped promote the survival of a range of species including our own.
One of the effects of the pandemic is that this year millions of people at home and abroad are depending on the generosity of others to survive. If we have a roof over our heads and can feed our families, we are rich beyond measure by the world’s standards. This is a year when the best Christmas gift we can give ourselves, is to share our financial resources with those who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
Ewert says that generosity is an affirmation of hope in the future. Your generosity can provide that hope for those fighting hunger because of the pandemic.
How do you decide who or what organization to give to when the need is urgent? Do your research. Ask yourself what you can do without so others can survive, then follow your heart and give what you can.
Blessings on your efforts to discover your generosity gene,
December 7, 2020