To be generous means to conquer our fears.
Our fears of loss. Of losing our possessions. Of losing our identity.
We fear irreversible loss – of giving away something that we cannot get back. We fear losing a part of ourselves in the process.
To be generous though means to redefine our boundaries.
Those ‘things’ that are yours – your pain, your suffering, your problems – are also mine.
And those things that are mine – my knowledge, my abilities, my time, my resources and energy – they are also yours.
This is true generosity.
“Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”
The Dalai Lama