I don’t think I’m alone in feeling very sad about the events happening in our world today.
We wish we could do more. We wish we knew what to do. We wish and we pray, and it is the season of Lent.
For those of you who take up some practice during Lent, which began March 2 with Ash Wednesday, here’s an idea.
“The Generosity Habit” by Matthew Kelly is a book that offers 101 creative ways to be generous. Here’s a twist: it doesn’t have to be money or material goods.
Have you told someone how much you appreciate them lately? When was the last time you had a conversation with someone and REALLY listened? The cashier at the grocery could probably use a loving smile and hearing her/his name (if they’re wearing a name tag), to help balance out numerous complaints.
We all have too much stuff—at least I do, and I hear that same sentiment from many others. A plan is to find something to give away each day that someone else would enjoy. By the time Easter arrives (April 17), you’ll have a full box or two of goods to take to your local thrift store.
Food pantries will always accept donations, as will your favorite charities.
Surprise a friend with a special meal. Be generous with forgiveness.
Matthew’s teachings offer a different way to be generous for each of the 40 days of Lent, and beyond.
Yes, you could give up chocolate. And/or you could give some(things) away.
Thinking of ways to give will lift your spirits, help you feel more positive, make you happy, bring you more friends, lead to better health, give you hope, and bless your life. And these are just a few of the benefits of living the generosity habit.
To hear more about this habit, check out Matthew’s video by clicking here: The Generosity Habit
Sending lots of love,
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”—Leo Buscaglia