Tag Archives: generosity

The Lesson Triggered By The Tray

As the process of decluttering, downsizing and general cleaning continued this week, I reflected upon a truism: “Possessions are generally diminished by possession.” I had just finished washing and carefully drying a vintage Mikasa food tray. The ornate plate is … Continue reading

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Give Something Away

“Oh yeah, all right. Are you going to be in my dreams. Tonight? And in the endThe love you takeIs equal to the love you make”–1969 by John Lennon and Paul McCartney The very short, final tune of the medley … Continue reading

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Expectations

The winter holidays are in full swing. That means, for most of us, we have high expectations about how they will turn out. The traditions are many and the hype surrounding them is overwhelming. The advertising is out of this … Continue reading

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Giving

We’ve already been bombarded with commercials and advertising that urge us to purchase holiday gifts. The ads may feature perfect smiling people in idyllic settings. We can count on there being some sort of holiday background music–perhaps sleigh-bells or a … Continue reading

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Giving And Receiving

Second cousin Neal was generous to a fault. He seemed to find a lot of joy in giving gifts of things and of his time. In today’s parlance, Neal (not his real name) was a people-pleaser. His self-sacrifice was so … Continue reading

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So Generous

The weather was unsettled; and so was I. Yesterday was another day of idleness. I didn’t feel motivated to do any of my projects. Lounging in the easy chair was exactly where I wanted to be. Naturally, the default state … Continue reading

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Rising By Lifting Others

A big, uncomfortable truth of life is that, deep inside, we don’t wish other people to be happier than ourselves. We skirt this issue because we want to appear magnanimous and good. The best among us want humanity as a … Continue reading

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