What does “too generous” even mean?
I often wonder why we put these caveats on such wonderful qualities.
Spending yesterday celebrating 40 years of priesthood of an outlandishly generous man, Fr. Jim Callan, I was struck how happy he is.
It was said about him that he has two answers when people ask him how he is,
He knows that to give you shine a light in the darkness. And that even just a small light makes a difference. He never gets stressed that it is not enough, nor that he is not getting results, nor that he is depleting himself. He just keeps lighting those small (and big) lights.
Leaving a trail of illumination.
(Do you know how many people said that he saved their lives?)
Do you feel depleted by being generous?
Sometimes, or often, we feel stressed by giving. I think that’s why we sometimes demean ourselves by saying it is “to a fault.” But Fr. Jim shows that we do not have to be stressed by giving. We could be happy by giving.
And very happy.
As we light someone else’s life, equally, they light ours. And actually it could heal us too.
I have been healed by generosity as I wrote about in this post.
If you feel stressed by giving, I have three questions that you can ask yourself get sorted.
These questions will bring to your awareness what you need to know, and then, help you see a clear path forward. Out of the heaviness and into the light, too.
Watch the video:
Generosity changes the world.
Don’t put your light under a bushel. People need you. Of course they do.
Generosity moves you
After the celebration of thousands giving honor to his 40 years of service, I hugged Jim and he asked me “Did you cry?” Despite myself, I said “Yes!” and with a smile bigger than his face he added, “Me, too.”
Do you ever feel you have to protect yourself to not give too much of yourself? Why or why not?