Back to Basics- Living Connected
Last week I received an email from a friend who shared an experience she had after having read “Connected for Good.”
She wrote: “I’m going to pick up your book again this week. Every time I do, something good happens! You are so right-I have felt I have little to give when those around me are so much more financially successful than I am. We’re doing fine, but comparatively, I cannot afford to give $100K away with my children in college. But what I can give are my connections and gratitude. Thanks to you.
Last week I read your book at 7:00 a.m. for daily motivation (to get in the zone), got a haircut – and my stylist said, ‘no charge!’ I have been going to her for 20 years and she never offered this before! …
Back to Basics Part II
Doesn’t true generosity really flow from gratitude? My good friend, Dr. Harville Hendrix thinks so:
“A person must get connected with how he or she has received love and generosity. If you can’t receive generosity, you can’t receive grace. Without this connection, this self-awareness, one can only act generous, and generosity becomes a utility. What have you been given?”
Embarking on this practice of transformational generosity, driven by connection, starts with a disposition of gratitude.
Our gratefulness for what we have been given becomes the way forward to a better way to give, and it starts with our heart’s desire to connect with God and others in a meaningful way. God has wired us in such a way that we run best on renewable energy sources generated in relationship. The old paradigm of check writing and volunteering can feel exhausting and futile when it lacks the connection that our hearts crave. But …