Most of us have benefitted from the generosity of others, even if we failed to recognize it or even ackowledge it.
When people think of generosity, they thik of material things. There's nothing wrong with that because generous people DO give their material possessions to others or they use their money to do things for others. That the generosity that is readily visible and easily acknowledged. But whike some may not have anything to give, they give of themselves in a generosity of the spirit. This is less tangible and sometimes overlooked. The time someone gives, the work they do to help, even a meal cooked, is someone giving what they have to offer of themselves. We just have to open our eyes and see all the big and little ways people show their generosity.
I know I am surrounded by people that display this extraordinary generosity to every person that graces their presence. They are angels on Earth. I also know that I would be lost without these folks! I have gained some of the most valuable things from their generosity. I have been given love, trust, friendship, forgiveness, a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, meals, laughter, more hugs than I can count.... In the physical sense I can't look around and see these things in our house, and yet they are there. When we are given these generous gifts from others, they stay with us. We bring them home with us and they are present in our lives.
One memory I have of unbridled generosity is a little while after my husband (then boyfriend) and I started going together I met his grandparents. I was more than a little nervous because I didn't have a really close relationship with my own grandparents. The moment I walked into their home, they made me feel not only welcome, but it was as if I was part of the family. Right from day one. They were simple, country folks who didn't have a lot of material things, but I never left that house hungry and without a hug! It's the kind of generosity of spirit that stays with you. My Mother-In-Law is a lot like her mother was! I know I'm not there yet, but it's what I aspire to: Unbridled generosity of spirit.
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