Wellness Pathway #272 The Joy of Generosity

In the wake of another hurricane devastating the Gulf Coast of North America, people are again being challenged to assist in the recovery process through financial contributions, in-kind donations, resource sharing, self sacrifice, and hard work. To the making of such adjustments and accommodations there is no end. There will always be occasions that require our collective focus, effort, ingenuity, and esprit de corps to resolve.

Hopefully we will not tire of, let alone resent, such situations. They are the sand that can turn into pearls. Especially if we find in them what one of my clients calls “the joy of generosity.”

My client is a professional fundraiser for churches and nonprofit organizations. He finds that he is often lumped into the “undesirable” category by those who equate professional fundraisers with charlatans. Telemarketers come to mind, who intrude upon the dinner hour with their appeals for support and who are all too often associated with exorbitant administrative expenses. No wonder people fail to see the joy of generosity!

My client takes an entirely different approach. When he works with churches, he calls it “fund raising through faith raising.” That tells you the orientation, right there. He starts with the heart, and what giving can do to improve our way of being in the world. Once people connect with that spirit, the rest follows automatically. Financial contributions, in-kind donations, resource sharing, self sacrifice, and hard work become an intrinsic part of wellness.

That’s because it takes a village to be well. No one can do it alone. Only by rising to the occasion, time after time, will we manage to leave this world in better shape than we found it.

So think again when it comes to your own priorities and your own opportunities to serve. You will raise yourself up more through social altruism than through personal narcissism. If you want more joy in your life, then perhaps it’s time to think more of others than to think of yourself. When the joy of generosity becomes a staple in your diet, you will be happy indeed.

Coaching Inquiries: Are you a generous person? Do you experience the joy of generosity? Or is giving, for you, more a matter of guilt? How could you learn to experience generosity as a recurrent opportunity for personal wellness? Who could you care for, today?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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