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FOCUS: Generosity
Disciplines: Personal Mastery, Systems Thinking

"Everyone searches desperately for happiness but the price that we must pay for it is generosity." Frederic Back

THOUGHTS:

So what is generosity?

My favorite dictionary definition of generosity is "freedom from meanness or smallness of mind or character." Perhaps generosity is as much an attitude as an act, holding an open hand instead of a closed fist, an open heart instead of a closed mind.

Thanks to my friends Jan, Sallie, Ann and Marty for the following thoughts. Generosity:

- is giving of time and energy as much as money
- is giving beyond what's reasonable or expected
- can be spontaneous or
- the result of thoughtfulness over time
- has no strings attached
- is of the spirit
- is fun when it's anonymous
- does good and feels good

The magic of generosity is its systemic nature. It is the ultimate win-win-win system. When we give freely, it gladdens our heart and enriches our soul. Or as the saying goes, "The fragrance remains in the hand that gave the rose." Generosity seems to have a spiritual effect on the giver, the receiver and on the universe beyond either. For years, every time I have felt pinched financially, I have given money to a charity. It seems to loosen things up in me and in the universe.

COACHING TIP:

1) For continuous win-win experiences, practice generosity in all areas of your life.
2) Check out The Generosity Game at www.generosity.org. It not only encourages generosity for familiar reasons but expands the potential of generosity to applied memetics, network economics and currency structures.

INVITATION TO A TELEGATHERING

Thank you for your many e-mails last month.

Please join me for a 45-minute telegathering to share our ideas about generosity, what it means and how it works. Call Thursday, January 6 at 12 noon EST (11:00 a.m. CST, 10:00 a.m. MT, 9:00 a.m. PST)
1-425-818-9401 X925 No need to register....just call at that time!

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Each month FRESH VIEWS focuses on a single topic, relates it to one of the five disciplines of a learning community, and offers a coaching tip and a follow-up telegathering. Please forward it to friends and colleagues. My purpose in writing FRESH VIEWS is to nurture, prod and encourage readers to think and talk about these topics with their families, friends and colleagues. Mine is only one view. Multiple conversations may deliver us to insights only hinted at here. Such a process sustains the vitality of learning relationships, learning families, learning organizations and learning communities.


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