The university provided the donor's name and address and instructed my son to send him a thank you note, so now, instead of it being an anonymous donation, he knows the identity of this generous man. My son will meet the donor at a fall banquet where he can thank him personally.
Some of the busiest people I know are the most generous with their time. My friends Maria at Delight Directed Living and Heidi at Heidi'sbooks are exemplary women who are genuinely willing to share their time although they are extremely busy.
People's willingness to share their resources is another area where I see disparate behavior. Some of the more financially strapped people I know are always willing to contribute money when they hear of a need. Our family has learned this first hand from times we've gone on mission trips and have needed to raise financial support. People we know who have an abundance have not given and those who we know struggle financially give generously.
- There are people with open hearts who are willing to give without counting the cost to themselves. These are my favorite people (my husband is one of them).
- There are people who don't give whether it's due to inertia, insecurity, laziness, greed or something else. They are not my favorite people (I am way too often one of them).
Do you think you're generous or do you need to work on this like me?