“I woke up today and became inspired to write the following…it is very personal, but being still a little ‘hooked’ on generosity evangelism I wondered if it might be useful…”
One of the benefits of being a member of the “older generation” is to look back on life and realize while, yes, it is about the big choices (where to live, what career to choose, whom to marry), our life is also much more than we realize about the daily choices we make.
Early on while supporting a friend finally leaving an abusing marriage. I learned that “given all the choices you feel you have, you are where you want to be.” I learned that change in our life is really all about relooking at the assumptions we have about our choices
Later when I was dating my second husband I found a painted stone in a gift shop – on it was written the way to my wonderful, successful new life “To love is to choose”. What are we choosing? Every choice — I realized. We make our life through our daily choices. We continually “construct” not only our life, but also who we are by our many, many small daily choices.
So, when, a few years ago, a dear and close friend gave me one of those little books of wisdom about choices, I was open to learning from The Secret by Michael Berg of the Kabbalah Centre. Michael gave me my most important “pithy” insight to my daily choices. “The only way to achieve true joy and fulfillment is by becoming a being of sharing”.
Slowly over time I shared with family, friends and others all those things I had that I didn’t need. With less stuff, I was easily moved to buy less stuff. I then looked at the spending I wasn’t doing and increased my giving. I found myself celebrating every gift as a gift to myself. I am now continually becoming a being of sharing and generosity. I now tithe to my congregation and am able to give more than I suspected to two other non-profits.
Today, with joy and fulfillment, my choices are the gifts of giving love and the gifts of sharing to myself. Generosity gives me more than I can give.