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Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.
That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.
Simone de Beauvoir
Jean de La Bruyère
The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
A pessimist, they say, sees a glass as being half empty; an optimist sees the same glass as half full. But a giving person sees a glass of water and starts looking for someone who might be thirsty.
G. Donald Gale
Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.
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Personal Stories About ‘Generosity’
Christmas JoySubmitted by Kristy
On New Years Day I had the wonderful opportunity to see the spirit of Christmas first hand. You see, my extended family exchanges presents together at the start of the new year and have done so in this way for more than 40 years. Since the beginning, my grandfather and grandmother have entertained their...
Keeping Things In PerspectiveSubmitted by Julia
The generosity in me was inspired following a retreat celebrating the 2010 Lunar New Year (Chinese/Vietnamese New Year). For the first time, I started filling decorative red envelopes with "lucky money" to send to family, friends, co-workers, former lab mates, and the people around me and their (very) sick loved...
A Birthday To RememberSubmitted by Anonymous
I work with developmentally disabled adults in a residential setting. One of the men wanted to go to a restaurant for his birthday with a few of his friends and housemates. We were all having a great time, eating and joking and just having fun. When I went to pay the bill (which was about $300) the wait staff...
Stories About Everyday Heroes Who Portray ‘Generosity’
Several years ago, each Christmas season, the Salvation Army would get something extra in their donation bucket near where I live. Someone would drop a one hundred bill with a dollar bill rubber cemented on each side to disguise it, ensuring that he would be able to remain anonymous. One Christmas season, the...
Denise VSubmitted by
Denise has contributed within her family and throughout her community. While her children were growing up, she actively participated in school activities with three kids. Now she teaches sign language classes and is a teacher's aide for handicapped children. All this while suffering from cancer. She is my hero.
Rod HowardSubmitted by William
Rod is my coach and trainer for basketball, and he teaches me a lot more than basketball. At the end of each practice he gives us a story and a life lesson. He also motivates us and he encourages us to keep our grades up and to train as hard as physically possible. He just wants to make us as good as he can, and...
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My friend Yanina should be featured in the dictionary for Generous.
John and Tim, Paterson NJ
It is good to be generous because no one know what tomorrow will bring.
Generosity is being happy to give.
Bruce Willingham, Warner Robins, Ga
Forgiveness is also a thing such as generous. Although this is not a materialistic thing.
Cassie Chang, Malaysia,Batu Pahat
We all can be generous in some way or another by sharing our time, talent or treasure. Don't let your lack of money keep you from helping others.
My work is that of a mystery shopper. I am paid for visiting certain businesses and conducting a shopping experience at each store. Then I file the report online and receive a payment for having done so.
Many of my shops are for Sonic Drive-Ins. Since I am not able to eat all the of the food I am obligated to purchase, I choose to give much of it away. All of my Sonic purchases are given to military recruitment offices in my area. If not those, I choose fire departments, but most of the food goes to the recruiters. God Bless America!
Rick Schwab, Fort Worth
The true value of a generous gift or act of kindness lies in direct proportion to the degree of sacrifice required.
Kathy, Marysville, WA