Generosity Jumble

Which guy is lazy?

Helping the homeless Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1991-0315-502, Älterer Mann mit Judenstern

It’s pretty easy to judge, right?*

Now ask yourself, which of the two men is more generous? Maybe it’s not so easy to tell.

Cultural stereotypes and norms play a huge role in our perception of other people. Even generosity has some images associated with it – Santa Claus, or religious figures, come to mind.

But, by and large, it’s pretty hard to identify a generous person without spending some time with them, learning their habits, perceptions, interests, and motivations. Even then, it’s probably going to be a mixed bag of generosity. Or, at worst, impossible to judge.

Surprisingly, even the one person whose generosity should be well-known, isn’t really …

… the person in the mirror.

After all, are we really as generous as we think? Conversely, are we really as selfish as we feel?

It’s a generosity jumble.

If you’re in doubt, give a little more and see what happens.

Yesterday’s gift of time … Gave a fast food gift card to a person who asked using a cardboard sign … spent several hours in the martial arts studio over the last few days with my kids … read story to them as well the past couple nights.

* I really have no idea which of the two men in the pictures is more lazy. 


About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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