On making a life

April 25, 2011

We make a living by what we get,
we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill

Generosity of spirit is free.

That’s right. We can give to others all
we want without breaking the bank.
Even if we’re unemployed.

Monday’s a great day to show
that generosity.

Pick a flower from your yard and bring it to someone at work.
Give a sincere compliment.
Lend a helping hand to someone who needs one.
Offer to get someone a cup of coffee.
Write a letter or email to someone who could use a lift in spirit.
Be kind.

That Winston Churchill was one smart guy.

2 comments on “On making a life
  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much Diva, this is an important message that I need to hear today I have been struggling lately.

    Namaste 🙂

    Here is a funny story supposedly attributed to Winston himself.

    Churchill was at an event one evening and a woman approached him as said “Mr. Churchill you are drunk!” To which he promptly replied “Yes Madam and you are ugly…at least tomorrow I will be sober.” HAHAHAHAHAHA

  2. Kelly says:

    two of the coolest things that ever happened to me: I was in the starbucks line one morning and when I got to the window the girl said “the lady in the car in front of you paid for your drink and said to give you this” she handed me a corner of paper with the words “have a blessed day” on it.
    I crossed out her name, wrote my own, and did the same thing to someone else a few weeks later.

    Recently, for doing something that he perceived as awesome, a guy gave me $40. I tried to give it back to him. I actually thought it was $20. But I said I can’t take this, please. He said, if you give it back to me you are robbing me of the joy of blessing you in this way, and of the blessing that will come back to me for doing it.

    He has NO idea what that $40 did for me that week. NO idea. I was practically on my knees because I knew that whole exchange was from God.

    In the last year, I also had a practical stranger bail me out of big hole that I had fallen into as a result of my layoff and divorce. A large sum of money was given freely, with no question, and no expectation. Just because they knew I needed it and they were blessed enough to have it to spare. I’m still not over that one. Frankly, that act of kindness changed my life in a big way.

    Kindness is a free thing. It need not be coffee, or cash. A smile, a kind word, a sincere feeling shared…all free.

    lovely post! thanks!

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