The Sixth Virtue - Generosity The signature of a satisfied heart "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
" -Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom A.
Living life with an open heart The Greek meaning of the word "generosity" actually means "openness of heart.
" An open heart is the gateway to generosity even when you have a large amount or limited funds.
Jim Rohn notes, "Nothing teaches character better than generosity.
" Think about a generous person in your life? What kind of attitude do they seem to have? One of my favorite Christmas classics of all time has to be A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
The story is about an elderly man who has been disappointed and hurt in life.
This hurt led him to close his heart up to others and became stingy with his money.
When our hearts are cold and closed our generosity freezes up.
The purpose of the ghost of Christmas past and present were to show him the events of his life, and the choices that led to his current condition.
In time his eyes were opened and he began to understand his life.
Do you spend all the money you receive on yourself? Is there a charity, a giving organization, in your city you would want to volunteer at? What's the feeling you receive when you give to others? B.
The joy of giving Let's go back to Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol.
After a visit from the ghost of Christmas future Scrooge's attitude changes drastically.
Why? He was able to see his life at the end and did not like the look of it.
Scrooge then becomes more generous with his money.
It's too bad he had to wait to the end of his life to understand the joy of giving.
You don't have to wait that long.
Did you read the book or see the 3-D movie? (Activation exercise: If you have not seen the movie, I recommend you rent and watch it.
) Now that you saw the movie, what has changed in the way you view generosity? C.
Excess has a purpose What should millionaires do with their excess? Once you have everything, do you really need more? The purpose of wealth is to manage it well; the other part of wealth is to give it away to charitable organizations, which actually help the needy of society.
In 2006 Warren Buffet gave 30 billion dollars [of his own personal fortune] to the Bill Gates Foundation, an organization dedicated to global education and health relief programs.
Guess what? According to the Forbes List of Billionaires, Warren Buffett ranks third in the world with an estimated net worth of $52 billion dollars.
Despite his fortune, he lives quite modestly on his salary of $100,000 per year.
What is the purpose of wealth? Do you have to be rich to be generous? If your answer is "no", explain: