by KJ McNamara
Thanksgiving is coming right up which will quickly be followed by the warmth and excitement of Christmas and Hanukah. The New Year is around the corner with promise of new beginnings and fun to come. The excitement of the presidential elections is still fresh and exciting in everyone’s mind. There is no wonder that this is truly many American’s favorite time of year.
Here at Phired Up, we love this season because it is the season of giving. It is the time of year where we put our selves, our agenda and our needs second to give back and thank all of the wonderful people in our lives. This is the time where we dedicate ourselves to a greater purpose and a greater cause. This is the time where we dedicate ourselves to the purest form of Generosity.
Generosity is one of the 4 pillars of Social Excellence , (as many of you know). But very rarely do we examine this pillar alone and how much the pure idea of being generous can change the world and start a movement.
We love seeing all of your facebook posts about what you are truly thankful for, what a generous way to thank the people around you. This form of generosity is a movement all on its own.
There are a lot of other ways people change the world during this time of year with their generosity. They buy gifts for complete strangers and needy families. They write a check to their favorite charity. They volunteer at their local food bank. All of these are powerful gestures, but keep in mind that the spirit of generosity can be simple and not cost much time or money too… Social Excellence teaches generosity as a way to BUILD CONNECTIONS WITH PEOPLE. Give first — make someone’s day — and trust that there is no more powerful lubricant for relationships than pure generosity. Simple acts — small momentary choices — can be powerful this time of year. Check out these ideas:
- Random Acts of Kindness
- 25 Ways to Love Your Literal Neighbors (Thanks @ScottEarlBocker)
- Simple Ways to Make Someone’s Day
- 25 Unexpected Ways to Make Someone’s Day
Another pillar of Social Excellence is AUTHENTICITY. This pillar, among other things, reminds us that within each person lies an authentic self that is made from the good stuff of life, as well as the tough stuff of life. We never know what another person is going through — especially this time of year. We never know how giving of ourselves, of our precious time and energy can literally make their day, their week, or their life better.
Mother Teresa once said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.”
We hear so many people want to matter to this world. We hear professionals, students and mentors say over and over again that they deeply desire to make this world a better place. If you want to change to world… be kind, be nice, make people’s day better just because you were in it. Be generous. There is another quote by William J.H. Boetcker that says, “Your greatness is measured by your kindness.”
So we have a challenge for all of our best friends reading this. A dare. We dare you to be do three things each day that are purely GENEROUS. Make three people’s day. Whatever you choose, to do to accomplish that dare, WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT! Actually we want to see it! Send us a picture on Twitter (#BeThePerson #SocialExcellence). Upload a video toFacebook . We love seeing these videos they inspire us every day and we would be more then thrilled to see all of your faces doing the things that make us feel so warm and fuzzy!
It only takes one person to change the world… Are you going to be that one person who starts a movement of generosity? We will follow you, and so will so many others!