On Generosity :: Three Wishes

“A fight is going on inside me,” said an old man to his son. “It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The same fight is going on inside you.” The son thought about it for a minute and then asked, “Which wolf will win?” The old man replied simply, “The one you feed.” — Wendy Mass, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

We don’t focus on generosity in our culture these days. Kids are exposed to sarcasm, cynicism and snark to a much larger degree. Snark sells. But generosity, giving of yourself more than is necessary or expected, will be remembered. A sarcastic comment or cynical act will be forgotten tomorrow. An act of generosity will be a significant marker and memory in someone’s life forever. I wish for my kids to be funny and weird and at times, sarcastic. But above all, I want to instill in them an altruistic spirit of generosity. Like Ruby:

Like that’s all they wanted. And I really decided that I needed to do something.
— Ruby