There are some things I never think I will ever do. ‘Too cheesy’, ‘too sentimental’, ‘too dumb’.
That’s sort of how I felt about that ‘Word for the Year’ fad that I’d only ever encountered on the blogosphere.
Well, it’s time to swallow my words (in this case my thoughts – glad I never bragged about not doing this one!) because I am doing it.
The only reason being: I need it. I need to improve in this area and I connected the dots and realised that if I did make this my Word it would help me keep on track with it.
And actually, I have two, only because when thinking of the one I kept thinking of the other and so the two seem intertwined. One is internal and the other external.
1) Gratitude. Internal gratitude for all lifes blessings and all others bless me with. Gratitude for others generosity.
2) Generosity. Return that generosity…though actually also to extend generosity where genosity is backward in coming forward.
I suppose these two are very much linked because in order to be freely generous you have to be free of want. Want (also: greed) are the opposites of gratitude. That is: always thinking of what you don’t have rather than being thankful for what you do have. When we are genuinely appreciative for all we do have then we can freely, joyfully, extend that hand to others. I want to get into the practice & spirit of extending my hand in Generosity this year, in all and to all.
It’s also important for these two to coexist as there is the type of breed who are very generous but feel either too guilty or too proud to accept generosity. I kind of fall into this basket. I am proud of my independence and expect others to be independent also.
I also fall into a basket which I think most people fall into, though I have met the odd and wonderful exception to this rule, and that is that I find it much easier to give to those who are generous than to sinkholes where resources are seemingly sucked in and not dealt out again.
I’ve been reminded of a saying from my youth, actually from 2000 years before my youth. Here it is:
“Most people say that you should love your friends and hate your enemies; But I say love your enemies and pray for those who misuse you, for God makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good. If you only love those who love you, what reward is that? Anyone can do that! You must be perfect.”
Generosity. Generosity! Come to me!