Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Reverb14 Day 10: generosity (with thanks to Kira Elliott)

Today's post and image come from writer and artist Kira Elliott. I love Kira's gentle and kind perspective on the world, qualities which are especially present in her Writing to Open Your Heart workshops. I hope one day to be able to attend one of her classes in person (which will also be a great excuse to visit Detroit!).

Kira writes:

I am not going to lie, I often dread the holidays because I grew with the holidays laden with heavy expectations of giving. The gifts wrapped in bright colored paper sitting under a tree sparkling with multi colored light were tied tight with invisible cords of what I was suppose to be or do that made it almost impossible to enjoy the gifts.

Now as an adult I strive understand there is a difference between generosity and giving. Generosity is free of obligations; it opens the heart, and creates warmth and connection between the giver and receiver. When I cultivate generosity the holidays become something I look forward to sharing with my loved ones.

Look back at the last year and consider: how did generosity open your heart? How can you cultivate generosity in the coming year?

Thank you, Kira!

You are warmly invited to share your response in the linky below. Be sure to check out the other amazing responses while you're there! (Trust me, this is how the magic happens.)

This prompt is part of the Reverb14 reflective writing challenge. The full set of prompts can be viewed here once they are published.

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