May 7, 2015

Generosity is not a word that we use in every day conversation. For the most part, it is a word used by charities during their campaigns. We all receive letters in the mail and phone calls from organizations urging us to be generous and donate to their cause. We understand generosity as a thing that we do rather than a thing that we are.

However, as people in Mississippi, generous is a fitting word for who we are. We are generous. In 2014, Mississippi ranked 2nd in the nation for charitable giving (measured by the percentage of income given) according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Charitable generosity fits in well with our values of hospitality and taking care of others. When we give to worthwhile charities, we help make the world a better place for everyone who lives here.

Giving money to charity isn’t the only way that we can show generosity. We can also be generous with our time, our knowledge, and our abilities. All of these options are as equally as important as giving money.

Sometimes, we are on the giving end of generosity, and other times we find ourselves on the receiving end. This give and take of kindness makes our relationships and our communities stronger.

Over the next few weeks here, we’ll be talking about ways of showing generosity and stories of generosity.


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