Lesson 3: Be generous!
Posted: 24 Jan 2017 22:39
Generosity is not a genetic disorder as many people would think but a virtue Generosity (also called largess) is the virtue of not being tied down by concerns about one's possessions. Often it means to provide help to others by giving them an (usually precious) item without thinking twice. (wikipedia).
Little excursus: The virtue of not being tied down by concerns about one's possessions. Excellent wording that gives you a lot to think about. "Possession" is a very enchanting and meaningful word. People are possessed by their possessions. The more you possess, the more you have to take care of. People who have less tend to envy people with more and so on. The whole human life evolves around possession and makes you forget that physical possessions doesn't make you a better person.
My definition of generosity is a bit different as it is not limited in sharing physical goods or money.
Being generous is a way of life and not matter of possession.
Be generous to yourself!
Give yourself the time needed to process certain experiences. Time is supposed to be money, which makes it extremely precious to many people. Isn't time the most natural thing in this world? Why don't you just take the time to do absolutely nothing? Give yourself a little treat and let your thoughts free. Take the time to find yourself and enjoy your beloved ones.
Never hesitate to give yourself a little treat! Enjoying little things makes your life easier and there is no reason why you should feel bad for being able to enjoy.
Nothing, absolutely nothing in this world is worth rushing, except in emergency situations to save human lives. Everything else can wait.
Be generous to others!
Only restriction: you give because you feel like giving/supporting. You shouldn't give because you have to or because everyone else does so or because you expect something in return.
Give to whomever and whenever you feel like it and don't wait for special days to show your generosity and love to others.
Please be generous with your own stuff, not with others' stuff!!!
I'll give you an example to make this a bit more understandable to you but also because my nasty self would like some revenge for what that person did to us (even if it was part of the "job" at the end = traitor uncovered)
This person lived with us for about 3 months. He shared part of our expenses by giving us about a 3rd of the rent, incl. all the expenses during a month like food, wash etc. He was quite frugal with his own money and things. I.e. he would wash his clothes once a month, but he would have a shower every morning, knowing that hot water is very expensive here. He wouldn't buy any extra food, but he would eat two plates at a time and so on. He was very generous with our stuff, but not with his own. At the end his monthly contribution was not even covering what he was using/wasting. He was not able to understand that by saving money himself he was damaging us.
I helped him to find a trader for some art he had inherited and he promised to share with us if anything sells. Well, months later after I kicked him out (because I couldn't take that trash any longer not even for the sake of the mission which made me tolerate him for almost 3 months) the trader send us by mistake some info about the sold items. Needless to say that we never saw any financial support or any sharing from him although he is supposed to be a "light person". Later it turned out that he was a traitor and so is his 3d behavior towards the Protoi and the mission fully understandable now. He didn't come to help or be a part of the team but he came to stop us. Bad luck for him.
Three years since then and thanks to some of our members we did survive without him or his help. for that!