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! Then I went to judge a business competition at my alma mater and gave a homeless man at Kwik Trip $15 for hot soup (along with a suggestion to check out a local shelter…).”
I loved my friend being “in the zone” enough to recognize her hairdresser’s act as a generous one and not simple reciprocity; I loved that she was grateful for a twenty-year relationship and it reminded her of her heart’s desire; to help a homeless man. Now, that’s being connected for good!
I wonder, have you had experiences that help you realize that bigger giving isn’t necessarily better, but better giving is better? I would love to hear about it!