Welcome to the Day 6 of the Gratitude Challenge! We have only one more day before the Challenge ends!
Today we will talk about generosity as the physical expression of gratitude.
Generosity comes in many shapes and forms, but the one we’ll be talking about today comes from your heart, from the feeling that you want to be generous and to share what you have with the rest of the world.
This is the “upgrade” to the yesterday’s task, when you were asked to share your appreciation for someone or something with others. Today we’re going to be more… material.
How Can You Be More Generous? And Why Should You?
Give presents, or money. Yep, that simple.
Yesterday was about what you wanted to share. It was still about you. Today we’re making it more about others, and money (and presents – they also require you to give money) is the most painful spot for most people. When you learn to give the material stuff the right way, you’ll have much less trouble to give anything else.
And the more you give, the more you’ll get.
So in a way, it’s still about you 😉 Let us explain: the more you give, the wealthier you feel. It’s a fact of life, even if you don’t consider the Law of Attraction: when you let go of your attachment to money, when you stop playing it safe, you then stop being obsessed with it – you recognize that you have enough money to give away so you can afford to be wrong, and you become a lot less stressed.
If you don’t want to give anything material (money included), you kind of admit that you don’t have enough. And you know that famous saying by Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”
In this case it can be translated as:
“Whether you think you have, or you think you don’t – you’re right.”
So show that you have, and show it with full respect to others!
This isn’t about you getting out and giving your money away, or buying meaningless presents just to satisfy the form. No! Not even the millionaires give their money to whoever comes by. They do it when they see that someone really needs it and that s/he will appreciate it.
This is about you becoming aware that you are in the position to give some of your money (or something that money can buy) and making a conscious decision whether you’ll give it or not.
If your sister complains all the time how she needs a new refrigerator but you know that she can afford to buy one, there’s really no reason for you to do that.
But if a homeless person asks you for a buck and you turn your head the other way… you then make a conscious decision that you don’t want to give it, showing (unwillingly) that you don’t have enough to give away. But it’s one dollar. Or five. What you’re then saying to the universe and to your subconscious is that giving a buck to someone puts you at risk of becoming poor.
You see, if you give that buck, you recognize that you have plenty. It reminds you of how much you have, and puts a stop to lacking.
Your Task for Today
Give a buck to a homeless person; give a tip to the waiter (if you normally do this, then today give them more).
This small gesture will encourage them, and you’ll feel good about both of you.
Think about those people, make them present in your mind. They do have lives that you don’t see because you’re so used to viewing a homeless person as a street decor, to not noticing your grocer or your waiter.
Ask them about their name, recognize that they are people just like you, and give them a big tip – with a smile.
You’ll give them something far more valuable than money – it’s just that money is needed for you to actively show your appreciation for them as human beings.
When you do it, write it down to your gratitude journal as a random act of kindness.