How Generosity Can Rob Us Of Our Joy

Wait, what? Isn’t generosity supposed to bring us joy? How can acts of generosity rob us of joy? Well, stay tuned. I need to be careful with definitions if I am to make my point clearly. First, consider the definition of ‘generous’. One common dictionary offers this, “(of a person) showing a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected.” Webster likes, “liberal in giving.” Still another, “the trait of being willing to give your money or time.” Pretty clear. To be generous is to give more (liberally) than expected of your […]

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The Fundraiser As Giver

John Wooden was an American basketball player and head coach of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While playing the position of guard at Purdue University, he was named an All-American basketball player three years in a row. While coaching the UCLA basketball team he won the National Championship a record 10 times during a 12-year period. His UCLA teams also won a National College men’s basketball record of 88 consecutive wins. Many sports leaders, business leaders, and biographers have called him the “Greatest Coach Ever”. What did he say about all his success in basketball and in life? […]

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