Today my goal is to give 10% more. Ten percent more of what, you may ask? Well...of everything. My aim is to end the day as a slightly more generous version of myself. I'm not just talking about money, (although adding an additional 10% to tip percentages will add some nice karma points, I'm sure) but of time, effort, and will. I have known plenty of very generous souls, and an equal number of stingy bastards. And one thing that I have noticed, down the line, is that the amount of stinginess in one's nature directly correlates to the level of dissatisfaction with life in general. Some of the most malcontent people I have known, were the ones who simply couldn't share.
I don't want to sound preachy, but there really is something to the old adage about giving and receiving. And I am a firm believer in the law of attraction: whatever you send out into the universe is what comes back to you. If you hold tight to every penny, don't expect the universe to grant you a sudden windfall. Time and again, I have given out money when I could least afford it, because I know that every time I do, more money unexpectedly comes my way. This happens so often that I have learned to just accept it as a fact of life.
But again, this isn't just about money. It's about going above and beyond, which is sometimes hard to do. We're all busy people; we tend to become complacent with doing the minimum to get by. We might grant a favor to a friend, but it's usually half-assed, isn't it? Most of us are willing to pitch in to help a friend move, but we usually aren't there at the crack of dawn, smiling and happy about it. No, usually it's an affair of procrastination, grumbling, and complaints about back pain. The support is there, but is it truly a good demonstration of the generosity of the human spirit? Not so much.
So, for today, go forth and give of yourselves, my dear readers. And remember: whatever you give, will come back to you tenfold. I think even Jesus said that. Maybe.