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An Attitude of Generosity

Apr 9, 2015 at 8:15 AM

Ray Pugh - generous YMCA camp leader - generosity gameplan“I’m the luckiest, the richest and the happiest man alive.”

That’s the way a friend of ours started every day – Oh c’mon you say…every day? Yep, every day. Ray Pugh, teacher, coach and YMCA Camp Director faced challenges every day, just like the rest of us; recruiting passionate board members, raising necessary funding, inspiring volunteers, etc. But he pumped himself up. Ray figured that others were counting on him, especially kids, and if he had a bad attitude, they would as well.

Ray couldn’t hold a note, but no matter, he played the guitar and banjo and belted out songs with his college-age counselors anyway often saying that camp directors didn’t have to sing pretty, just confidently! He was right. Ray’s confidence and joy were what made being a part of his life a great experience for so many.

So, what does attitude have to do with generosity? Ray knew his strengths; confidence, a great smile, optimism, and a memory for names. Knowing his strengths made it easy for him to give confidently of his gifts.

So I wonder, is your attitude a part of your Generosity Gameplan to inspire others? How do you stay Connected for Good?


Making your own Generosity Gameplan can illuminate the way toward living with an attitude of generosity. Read my book, Connected for Good: A Gameplan for a Generous Life to discover how.

5 responses to “An Attitude of Generosity”

  1. Mike Manhart says:

    Great thought to inspire us! Generosity does not always show up in outward gregarious actions only. Persistence with quiet humility, if these are your gifts, is also an expression of generosity when applied beyond one’s self. Mother Theresa is a great example.

  2. There are so many ways to be generous. With our time, with our ability to sit and listen to others, and with our loving presence. Spending time listening to a lonely person is as important as feeding a hungry person or giving water to the thirsty. Anything which we lovingly share is generosity at work.

  3. Gary Rosberg says:

    Wow! As a raving fan of John Stanley’s I was double blessed with this post. Ray Pugh was my college professor in 1970 at Drake University. I can still recall grinning from ear to ear every time I was in his class. His passion and attitude was contagious. He loved life…loved the kids he served…and spread joy everywhere he went. I know because I was on the same campus for 11 years and he never wavered. When he passed on there was a collective sigh in our community of Des Moines and Drake University…he is missed but left behind a life story that is rich. Great modeling, Ray! And great post, John!

  4. Daryl Nuss says:

    This post is a great reminder that our faith and attitude overcomes what we perceive to be our short comings. Everyone needs to be inspired and encouraged. Thanks John for providing an inspiring model for us.

  5. Frank Mullins says:

    Thank you John for continuing to expand my understanding of generosity! Ray Pugh’s example reminds me of the power of modeling. Attitudes are contagious and what a blessing to be around someone like Ray who exudes confidence and joy. It reminds me of how Carl Rogers defined ” joie de vivre” as one of the by-products of self actualization or the “the quiet joy in being one’s self. Generosity is a choice available to everyone.

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