The folks at Generous Giving shared this video today in their email newsletter. The video was put together and originally posted on www.ILikeGiving.com. Their goal is to inspire generous living by sharing stories from folks who give in big or small ways. They ask folks to complete this sentence.
I Like _____________.
It's a good exercise and I think it can help to push us along in impactful generosity. To explain how, I'll answer the question.
I Like Old Postcards.
Over the years I have been collecting old postcards of
I couldn’t have paid more than 10 cents for the thing, but in the right hands, that little card meant something. It was fun to take something that was worthless to most folks, and cheap, and to turn it into a meaningful gift to just the right person.
I am certainly no alchemist, but without a catalyst, the postcards would never move from worthless to priceless. Old postcards aren’t really that exciting, but I can see other parts of my giving coming alive as I pair my passions with my giving. I bet you have passions that are far more exciting as well.
2. Find a way to bless somebody else using that passion.
Here are the benefits of this Alchemist Generosity:
3. You will build friendships—Folks are waiting for the sales pitch--they don't expect generosity. You will come alive as you give through your passions, but perhaps even more importantly, your eyes will be open to the needs of others. You will look at what you have and look for folks that need that. In the process you will build meaningful friendships as you truly care for your neighbors.
Your turn: What are you passionate about? How can you give it away? How can you turn your giving and your passion into Alchemist Generosity?