If I could start over, one of the things I would change is my view of generosity. This is because I have concluded that no matter what I do in my lifetime, the single most rewarding thing is how I can positively impact others by being generous. This is not limited to money, but since I am talking about money here, we will focus on that.
I have repeatedly heard about the joy others experience from being generous, but it was not until I began doing this purposefully that I came to realize how true it is. Please note that at this time I am not necessarily referring to giving to the asking, but instead, just seeing or feeling a need and trying to make a difference there.
During the early periods in my various efforts to save, I really thought that I needed to save every penny until I at least got to my goals. The problem is, goals tend to be moving targets, in that you get to one point and you are on to the next, and the next…then you die.
In a similar manner in which I speak of saving money is the way I would say of generosity. Start small and never think that you do not have enough to give… starting small is better than not starting at all, and someone will appreciate it more than you may think. One dollar may not seem like much to you, but it could mean the world to someone in need.
So, again, start small and build to your comfort level, but it is also important that we do the balancing act here as well. I have already discussed why I believe we should try to establish stability for ourselves, before we move on to helping others. The same applies to our acts of kindness, in that we should still maintain discipline so as to allow ourselves to go forward and thus always be in a position to help others.
AND… there is a bonus that I have heard more than enough testimonies about; the more I give, the more I seem to receive. It is rather confounding but I won’t complain about this perk that I get as a result of willingly helping others. If giving financially still remains a hurdle, then start by giving other aspects of yourself, such as your time.