Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It is Generosity Day!

Today, February 14th is Generosity Day! Well, yes, it is also Valentine's Day, but not all of us have someone to celebrate Valentine's Day with. While "causes" can be a "dime a dozen", this new "cause" to refocus February 14th is one I am certainly able to support! 

I found "Generosity Day" on facebook and they have this to say about it; "Does Valentine's feel a bit formulaic? Let's celebrate February 14th as Generosity Day and together offer the world a million acts of simple kindness. Generosity Day is simple, It's one day of sharing love with everyone, of being generous to everyone, to see how it feels. It's a chance to practice saying 'Yes'. Let's make the day about love, action and human connection - because we can do better than smarmy greeting cards, overpriced roses and stressed-out couples trying to create romantic meals on the fly. The goal is to spend Valentine's Day cultivating your practice of generosity, because in today's fast-paced world, it is too easy to be disconnected and to have 'No' be your reflex. For Generosity Day, all acts of generosity, small and big alike, count. Think what it would be like to say 'YES' to every genuine request for help all day long! It's about creating more generosity in the world and becoming a more ope person along the way."

Consider some of these ways to be generous . . . 

  • Share a smile with everyone you see!
  • Help your grandchildren sort through their books, games and toys - take those which have been gently used and donate to a family shelter.
  • Let your grandchildren help you make cookies and take them to church to give to the volunteers in your Wednesday evening ministry.
  • Help your grandchildren make some of the "I love you" signs I shared with you the other day and then hand them out to people at church, again, to brighten their day.
  • Buy clearance flowers tomorrow (extend your Generosity Day) and take them to elderly and/or shut in neighbors. Let your grandchildren help you with this, too.
  • Pay for the coffee of the person behind you at the coffee shop/restaurant.
These are just a few ways we all can be generous! So, whether  or not you have someone to celebrate Valentine's Day with, let's all take this day to focus on being generous to others!

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