Living Gently: A 30-Day Challenge: The Art of Generosity

Bob Hope once said, “If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” For many of us, it’s not that we don’t have charity or compassion for those in need, we feel that our wallets are empty! The art of generosity is a difficult one for many of us. We want to give, but we feel we don’t have anything to give.

Despite the fact that news reports and politicians say our economy is recovering from recent years, it may not feel that way. But if you’ve had a roof over your head and food in your stomach, you’ve had more than so many others in the world. It’s been easy to bemoan how “broke” we all are, and maybe we have had to tighten our belts and not eat out so often, or get creative with a staycation versus a trip, but we’re still doing okay. If you want to check for yourself, visit and compare your net worth to the rest of the globe.

Generosity is often viewed as dollars and cents to a charity, but generosity is so much more! Sure, charities need financial support to help achieve their mission.

How have you shown a generous spirit to another person? How can we give to others, especially when money is still tight? Consider these ideas to offer generosity to others in need:

  • Redirect your spending for a few days, weeks, or even a month! Do you buy a latte every day on the way to work? Could you brew a cup of coffee at home and put that money aside for a charity?
  • Do you do any crafts that could be used to support someone else? For instance, perhaps a knitted blanket for a child who recently endured a personal trauma?
  • Speaking of children, if your children are grown, donating unwanted toys that are still in good shape is a wonderful way to be generous to a number of organizations, including the women’s shelter and a low-income child care center.
  • Can you volunteer your time at the soup kitchen or the blood bank or any other organization that needs help?
  • Perhaps you have a professional skill that a charity could benefit from, such as web design or graphic arts.

To be generous is more than good intentions, it’s about a choice to be generous. It’s a decision. The great thing about generosity is that once it’s given, you can’t help but benefit from it, too. James Matthew Barrie said, “Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”


Forsyth Woman’s Publisher, Keela Johnson, is on a mission of generosity this month, and hopes to raise enough money to help make a child’s wish come true. Her campaign is through the WISH Society, an endeavor of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. We will be hosting a silent auction and fundraiser on September 16th. If you are interested in learning more, please visit