Kim Trumbo, host of the Generosity Philosophy podcast, is the guest on episode 6 of the Discover Grow Shinecast. I invited Kim on to talk about generosity and what it means for our journey on our path to health, wealth, wisdom and happiness.
What Does it Mean to be Generous?
In its broadest sense, generosity refers to the quality or virtue of not being tied down by our possessions. Generosity is considered a virtue that is related to giving, forgiving, charity.
We often think of someone who is generous as someone who gives money to charity or who volunteers with their time, but I think that’s really just one piece of what it means to be generous. Giving money and time is very important but when someone gives with an expectation of return for that giving I think it’s something less than a true spirit of generosity at work. And there is a difference.
I think generosity is a mindset that is based on a desire to think beyond our own personal needs and wants and to care about others. Generosity is exemplified in a heartfelt belief that we must love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
You can subscribe to Kim’s podcast through all the various podcast apps or at http://generosityphilosophy.com
To find out more about Kim’s book, George the Generous Giraffe, visit http://sendmegeorgesbook.com.
Or you can buy George the Generous Giraffe here directly from Amazon in paperback or Kindle.
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or Text the word George to 33444 to receive a 3-page PDF with colorable images from the book
Generosity as a Hero’s Virtue
If we consider generosity in the context of the hero’s journey, we typically see a hero as someone who possesses more virtues than vices and someone who is striving to live in a way that’s consistent with virtues.
If we look at the great heroes of literature, we see characters who are, ultimately, after much inner turmoil willing to face their obstacles and give freely of themselves to others, whether through acts of bravery in facing danger to save someone or through offering assistance in times of trouble.
From Odysseus to Frodo Baggins to Luke Skywalker to Harry Potter, the (ultimate) willingness to put others before self is part of the transformation.
I think the stories and conversations that Kim is sharing through her Generosity Philosophy podcast demonstrate that each of us have the capacity to be a hero to someone or something so I hope you enjoy learning more about the valuable work that Kim is doing to bring these stories to the broader world to inspire us all.
I hope you’ll check out the Generosity Philosophy Podcast which is available on all the various podcast platforms where you might choose to listen and subscribe. you can also subscribe and download at Kim’s website http://www.generosityphilosophy.com
Action Items for You
Do something today to discover more about yourself or the broader world, put it to use in someway to grow, and shine in your own life.
Text the phrase “I am a hero” 33444 to receive 25 simple ideas for how you can be practice generosity each day.
Don’t forget about Kim’s book, George the Generous Giraffe. It’s a great resource for helping kids learn more about generosity and what it means to help others.