abundance: part 2 of 4
generosity is an excellent way to increase your abundance. giving what you want to receive aligns you with feelings of “more-than-enough-ness.” it’s effectively announcing, “i have a surplus and can afford to be generous.” this is true even (or especially) if you don’t have much to spare.
while writing, i remembered a song called “magic penny,” which we sang in elementary school. here’s one of the verses:
love is something if you give it away, give it away, give it away
love is something if you give it away, you end up having more, for,
it’s just like a magic penny, hold it tight and you won’t have any,
lend it, spend it, then you’ll have so many, they’ll roll all over the floor.
as a kid, the concept of metaphor evaded me. i skipped the love part, took the remaining lyrics literally, and became tangled in the advice.
after talk of pennies saved being pennies earned, suddenly we were supposed to spend. and what was this alchemical process of spending leading to having?
the idea, of course, is give first and receive later. but focus on the former. someone may not smile back or call you back or love you back. those are inherent risks to overcome. once you do, your kindness is on the open market of positive energy.
help people by sharing whatever you have to give: love, magic (or standard) pennies, time, ideas.
a simple way i’m always honing is generosity of spirit. engaging with strangers by smiling and making eye contact or conversation, however briefly, is an act of generosity. you’re signaling you have enough psychological bandwidth to get out of your head and share your attention.
i also love emailing friends advice of all kinds: book recommendations, quotes, useful websites, new ideas. whether they enjoy receiving them as much is questionable, but this is how i share most frequently.
another favorite is an informal creative brainstorming session with a friend. we meet to discuss personal projects and goals, share flashes of inspiration, and strategize next steps. i always leave feeling inspired and invigorated. i have her back, she’s got mine.
ideas are something if you give them away.