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Gifts from the heart

The Generous Heart

When you think back on the favorite gifts you’ve received in your life, chances are the most memorable aren’t the grandest or costliest, but the ones that came from the heart when you needed a lift. Maybe you remember the day you were recovering from surgery and a friend stopped by with a home-cooked meal or an offer to clean your house. Or perhaps you remember how you were taking the bus to work every day when someone offered you the keys to an old clunker of a used car. Then again, maybe the best gift was just a hug on a day when the world seemed too dark and too lonely.

These acts of kindness speak to a generosity of spirit. Here are some more thoughts on generosity:

 

“That’s what I consider true generosity. You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.”

—Simone de Beauvoir, writer and philosopher

 

“It is well to give when asked but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.”

Kahlil Gibran, artist and poet

 

“If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.”

—Buddha, Indian philosopher and religious leader

 

“The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.”

Walt Whitman, poet

 

“In the long run, we get no more than we have been willing to risk giving.”

—Sheldon Kopp, psychotherapist and author

 

“I have found that, among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”

Maya Angelou, author and poet

 

“Giving is the highest expression of power.”

—Vivian Greene, writer and publisher

 

“You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.”

—Amy Carmichael, missionary





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