Kids Corner: T.A. Barron – “Countdown to a Meaningful Life” Week 6: Generosity

Wisdom of MerlinReadLove joins T.A. Barron for a special blog series to celebrate the upcoming publication of The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life. This seven-week countdown campaign will be based on Merlin’s answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life?”

Surprisingly, the answer has only seven words…but they are the most powerful words of all.

Join with us each week as we focus on one of these magical words with supporting content that will help us acknowledge, reflect, practice, and get inspired to embark on a new adventure or live life to its fullest.

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To read about the other Magical Words, please visit these posts:

First Magical Word: Gratitude

Second Magical Word: Courage

Third Magical Word: Knowledge

Fourth Magical Word: Wonder

Fifth Magical Word: Belief

Seventh Magical Word: Hope

The Most Magical Word of All: Love

Sixth Magical Word:


Excerpt from The Wisdom of Merlin:

“Generosity is not giving others what they want. Rather, it’s giving away what you yourself want.

“Generosity multiplies. Whatever you give to someone inspires more gifts to others. And when you illuminate someone’s path, many more will walk upon it. As my good friend Buddha would say, ‘Make of your life a light.’

Quotes on Generosity:

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

“He who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self sacrifice.”  Henry Taylor

Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” Simone Weil

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” Calvin Coolidge

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Celebrate Generosity in 2015:

  • March 13: National Good Samaritan Day

  • July 11: National Cheer Up The Lonely Day

  • October 5: National Do Something Nice Day

  • Every Day!

Be Generous:

  • Pay It Forward.

    It could be shoveling your neighbor’s driveway or paying for the person behind you at the drive thru, but paying it forward makes everyone feel great. A small, unexpected act of generosity as simple as a smile could brighten a person’s day more than you realize.

Dawn Teresa’s Thoughts on Generosity:

  • Generosity is a great way to make new friends. Sharing what you have with another person creates an instant bond.
  • I have never regretted generosity at any price. It has always been worth every penny.
  • Rather than preserving and protecting something by keeping it to yourself, selfishness robs you of the joy you might have had in sharing or giving.
  • Little is much to those in need. Even small acts of kindness can have great impact.
  • Charles Dickens’ famous tale A Christmas Carol vividly displays the emptiness of greed versus the reward that comes to the grateful heart inspired to be charitable.
  • Those who have the least (children and the poor) tend to be the most willing to give. What does this say about the dangers of extravagance and excess?

I’d like to thank T.A. Barron and Chelsey Saatkamp for inviting me to take part in this 7-week series. What a priceless journey it has been!

Readers, I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Please share in the comments below!


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