How a lot of people view and understand the word generosity quite often gives me the creep.
They make it seem you can only be generous if you have nothing less than six figures attached to your name that is breathing cooly in a bank somewhere out there. To this, my simple retort is, what the heck!
What I have realized is that a lot of people allow themselves to happen to the world. They won’t ever allow others to happen to the world.
For sure we do most things with the intention of generating profit, that may not be bad in itself, but the aspect of it that rankles the most is that while we are generating profit, we are not magnanimous. We don’t need to rub it in. We don’t need to rip that fella out there off, we should be noble and honorable about it.
If you find yourself in any of the following categories, you can still be very generous.
1. As a Victor
Possibly you had to engage in a duel with somebody and you came tops, this is a very good opportunity for you to show generosity. You can always reach out and extend a hand of no victor no vanquished to such a person. You can only become nobler by such action.
“In war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers.” - Neville Chamberlain
2. As a student
We are not equally granted any gift, some are definitely more intelligent than the others. How do you reach out to people you are better than in academics? That little helping hand may matter so much at the end of the day.
You don’t need millions of dollars to do that. What you need is generosity, the big heart, the big mind, the accommodating spirit.
You will get a big bang out of life and only feel more fulfilled to find out that your little contribution has succeeded in lifting somebody to a higher level.
“Mighty of heart, mighty of mind, magnanimous -- to be this is indeed to be great in life.” - John Ruskin
3. As a businessperson
As the CEO or Founder of a company, do you see your employees as humans or as robots that can be used anyhow you wish?
You should share in their joys and pains. Those little things you remember and inquire about their lives and families can only make you more honorable. Don’t add to their miseries.
Businesses that adopt marketing approaches involving freebies, giveaways, discounts and special offers, like the case of the Illdy theme painstakingly designed and made available for free by Aigars Silkalns, such businesses often triumph, make more sales, and become the consumers’ choice without even trying.
It is your duty as a businessperson to, every once in awhile, give back to your consumers and employees. Small gifts on Thanksgiving days and some other holidays won’t be out of place.
4. As the leader of a country
The world we live in today makes the act of generosity an unavoidable task, especially where world leaders are concerned. We have a serious gradient in the way countries are endowed with riches and resources.
It boils down to you, who calls the shots, to make sure the resources are judiciously utilized for both the haves and the have-nots.
Another generous act expected from you as the leader is how the country reaches out to the poorer and less endowed nations, who are often ridden with diseases, poor water quality, and availability, as well as poverty.
5. As a charity worker
Yeah, this is a nice one. The charity worker you are has already landed you the opportunity to do what others are striving to get the grace of doing, to be generous. At times you may be enraged, how are you handling the situation? Don’t vent your rage on the people.
You are out there on the field and remember, all eyes are on you. You are the actor on that stage, you have the spectators yearning for more action, you chose the scene and wrote the script. You have the magic wand, utilize it.
If you’ve gone through all these dumb and crappy things I’ve been saying and you’re not bored, then you are a bundle of generosity and I doff my hat to you.
Let’s get out there and give it a go. It’s surely going to work. Let’s set out to kill the world with generosity; with the big heart.
© 2017 Joseph Chukwube