I have seen greedy, poor people in my life just as I have seen greedy, rich people. Greed has little to do with how much you possess; neither does generosity; they are both conditions of the heart.
How then does one guard against greed? By being generous; not out of guilt or due to manipulation but from the goodness of your heart.
When you give something from your heart without expecting anything in return, you release a powerful force that will trigger your good deed to “bounce” back to you in amazing, and sometimes unusual ways.
My father was a very generous person; not only to his extended family but to many other people as well. Sometimes he would tell us why he did some generous thing; other times his only explanation would be “It just felt like a good thing to do”.
As human beings, we have the tendency to reciprocate a good deed. But we should not just give for the sake of expecting something in return. Give freely from your heart, and the rewards would be greater.
The act of giving allows joy to flow in your heart. Nothing brightens a day more than seeing the smiles on the faces of the recipients of your generosity and hearing them express their heartfelt gratitude to God because of you.
What you give doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical material or monetary. It can also be time, effort, talent, service, or even an affectionate feeling.
One of the unwritten rules of generosity is that ‘you don’t blow your own horns’. Don’t go about announcing your good deeds to the whole world when it is not necessary. If you really desire to give, do it secretly and in private.
It is about time you began practicing generosity and teaching your children the same. In a world that says “Get all you can, can all you get and sit on the can” it may not be easy but it is not impossible. Practicing generosity will help you put life in perspective.
Spending wisely, saving and giving are all habits that need to be embedded into the lives of our children as legacy. Would you do it?
The above is an excerpt from my book “Financial Legacy: 8 Lessons My Father Taught Me About Money“Niyi Adeoshun
Money Management Coach
Author of "The Price of Financial Freedom"
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