Tuesday, December 12, 2006

"Generous to a Fault"

A close friend just called me "generous to a fault". Is there a fault in generosity? Can there be a fault to generosity.

Yes, I suppose if one gives away money or things that are not one's own, things which aren't theirs or money which gets put on credit that is painfully difficult to repay.

But beyond that limit -- that it, whatever it is, be freely yours to give -- I don't think there is a fault or a limit to how generous it is wonderful to be.

When someone says this, I think that what they mean is, 'you're so generous it makes me nervous (or puts me to shame)'. Let there be no shame. Give to the hilt.

For the next few days, I will blog on gift giving and being generous. 'Tis the season.


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